Walking Ducks
There are different versions of the duck, some with legs, some without. I'm calling this one "Walking Ducks" because of the placement of the leg.
This tutorial assumes you are familiar with weaving on a backstrap loom. If you are not, you will find helpful information here, here, and here to get you started.
One duck uses 18 rows of weaving and requires 64 warps (32 revolutions). Additional warps should be added on each selvedge.
This tutorial assumes you are familiar with weaving on a backstrap loom. If you are not, you will find helpful information here, here, and here to get you started.
One duck uses 18 rows of weaving and requires 64 warps (32 revolutions). Additional warps should be added on each selvedge.
Row by Row instruction
Begin by weaving a few rows of plain weave, ending with the ground weft in the heddle shed.
Pattern Row 1
Place color B (yellow in this case) in the main shed coming from the right selvedge. Take the tail out through the back of the weaving a few warps in from the edge.
Surface the yellow weft then simple wrap around two warps left of where it surfaced.
Pattern Row 1
Place color B (yellow in this case) in the main shed coming from the right selvedge. Take the tail out through the back of the weaving a few warps in from the edge.
Surface the yellow weft then simple wrap around two warps left of where it surfaced.
In this same shed place color A (purple in this case) coming from the left selvedge. Surface 10 warps left of the yellow.
Still in the same shed. With purple, moving left go over 4 warps. Then under the 4th warp.
Change sheds. Beat. Pass the ground weft. (this will happen after each row)
Change sheds. Beat. Pass the ground weft. (this will happen after each row)
Change sheds. Beat. Pass the ground weft. (this will happen after each row)
Rows 2, 3 and 4
The next three rows will be the same movements. Yellow continues to simple wrap around 2 warps moving on a slight angle to the left. Purple will perform "surface wrapping" gradually moving to the right. The colors are moving toward one another.
Change shed. Beat. Pass ground weft.
Repeat this for Rows 3 and 4.
The next three rows will be the same movements. Yellow continues to simple wrap around 2 warps moving on a slight angle to the left. Purple will perform "surface wrapping" gradually moving to the right. The colors are moving toward one another.
Change shed. Beat. Pass ground weft.
Repeat this for Rows 3 and 4.
In the same shed. First Surface Wrapping: Moving right drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up 1. Take purple under the right most, turn and go under the left most picked warps.
Rows 2, 3, and 4 are complete.

Row 5
Yellow will be passive and will be covered by purple. Hold it up as in photo at left. From purple, moving right drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up1. Take purple under right most picked (and yellow), reverse, go over these and over left most picked warp. Photo at right Soumak For the next 6 rows "Soumak" technique will be used. In this case the pattern weft is taken over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. This is repeated to created horizontal lines of color. To change direction the weft is wrapped completely around one additional warp at the end. (see photo at right)


Row 6
Soumak with purple moving left.
Beginning where purple ended on Row 5, go over 4 warps wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of five times. After the 5th time wrap completely around one more warp to the left.
Yellow remains passive for now.
Soumak with purple moving left.
Beginning where purple ended on Row 5, go over 4 warps wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of five times. After the 5th time wrap completely around one more warp to the left.
Yellow remains passive for now.
Row 7
Soumak: Purple moving right.
Wrap over and completely around the first warp.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 5 times. Make sure to wrap around yellow.
Soumak: Purple moving right.
Wrap over and completely around the first warp.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 5 times. Make sure to wrap around yellow.
Row 8
Soumak: Yellow. Go under and around first warp to right.
Soumak: Yellow. Go under and around first warp to right.
In this same row continue with soumak yellow moving left.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 4 times.
Wrap completely around one more warp to the left after the 4th time.
Keep purple passive and under yellow.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 4 times.
Wrap completely around one more warp to the left after the 4th time.
Keep purple passive and under yellow.
Row 9
Take yellow under next warp to the right, moving from right to left.
Take yellow under next warp to the right, moving from right to left.
Continue on this row with Soumak yellow moving right.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 4 times.
Make sure purple is passive and yellow wraps over it.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 4 times.
Make sure purple is passive and yellow wraps over it.
Row 10
Purple will now "Soumak" to the left and yellow will remain passive and behind purple.
Go under first warp to right. Cover yellow.
Purple will now "Soumak" to the left and yellow will remain passive and behind purple.
Go under first warp to right. Cover yellow.
On this same row continue with Soumak to the left with purple.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 5 times.
Wrap completely around one more warp to the left after the 4th time.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of 5 times.
Wrap completely around one more warp to the left after the 4th time.
Row 11
Begin the return trip with purple. Soumak to the right.
Go under and around the first warp to the right.
Begin the return trip with purple. Soumak to the right.
Go under and around the first warp to the right.
With purple continue on this row with Soumak to the right.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of times.
Make sure yellow remains covered by purple.
Go over 4 warps, wrapping completely around the 4th. Do this a total of times.
Make sure yellow remains covered by purple.
Row 12
Begin neck. Purple simple wraps around two warps to the left.
Begin neck. Purple simple wraps around two warps to the left.
In this same row yellow begins the upper wing.
Surface wrapping with yellow: Begin by wrapping under one warp to the left.
Surface wrapping with yellow: Begin by wrapping under one warp to the left.
In this same row continue surface wrapping with yellow moving left.
Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up 1. Go over and around both warps.
Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up 1. Go over and around both warps.
Row 13
Simple wrapping with purple around next 2 warp moving left.
Simple wrapping with purple around next 2 warp moving left.
In this same row, surface wrapping with yellow moving left.
Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 1, pick up 1. Go over and around both raised warps. (this is the same as the previous row, just moved over to the left)
Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 1, pick up 1. Go over and around both raised warps. (this is the same as the previous row, just moved over to the left)
Rows 14 and 15
These two rows are the same as the previous two.
Purple: simple wrap around the next two warps moving left.
Yellow: surface wrapping moving left. Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up 1. Take weft over and around both lifted warps.
These two rows are the same as the previous two.
Purple: simple wrap around the next two warps moving left.
Yellow: surface wrapping moving left. Drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 2, pick up 1. Take weft over and around both lifted warps.
The last three rows create the head and complete the wing.
Row 16
Purple: moving right pick up 1 warp, drop 4, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under all three lifted warps.
Yellow: pick up 1 warp just to the right. Then moving left drop 4, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under all three lifted warps.
Row 16
Purple: moving right pick up 1 warp, drop 4, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under all three lifted warps.
Yellow: pick up 1 warp just to the right. Then moving left drop 4, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under all three lifted warps.
Row 17
Purple: moving left drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under lifted warps.
Yellow: moving right drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under lifted warps.
Purple: moving left drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under lifted warps.
Yellow: moving right drop 2 warps, pick up 1, drop 4, pick up 1. Take weft under lifted warps.
Row 18
Purple: moving right drop 2, go into main shed, toward the right selvedge and out through the back a few warps in from the edge.
Yellow: moving left drop 2, pick up 1, drop 4, go into main shed, toward the left selvedge and out through the back a few warps in from the edge.
Purple: moving right drop 2, go into main shed, toward the right selvedge and out through the back a few warps in from the edge.
Yellow: moving left drop 2, pick up 1, drop 4, go into main shed, toward the left selvedge and out through the back a few warps in from the edge.
Walking Duck is complete!