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Twining: The Art of Weaving with Twine

Welcome to Twining Twine, the page dedicated to the art and science of weaving with twine! This page is primarily intended as a clearinghouse of links to other, more expert sites about the art of twining. As we progress we hope to include our own very basic tutorial and diagrams of twining and weaving.

This is a work in progress so please check back periodically as we are adding more content. Now, on to the good stuff!

What is twining? Twining is a form of weaving, primarily among native Americans, that uses twine as the warp. The weft is usually yarn which is twisted around the warp cords.

If that made sense, you already know your way around a loom. If not, bear with us a moment. The warp is just the cords that form the basis of a woven textile (cloth). The weft is the cords that are woven into the warp. Twining is unique in that the weft is twisted as it is woven, unlike most other forms of weaving.

There are three categories using the twining technique: Textile, Rug and Basketry. Although textile and rug could arguably be merged into one category they have a distinctive divergence especially in the Americas where textile twining is a largely lost Native American art and rug twining is a historic craft still used in Appalachia and the rural South to a limited degree. The use of twining in rugs is not limited to the Americas - it is also found in some Middle Eastern cultures as is twining in textiles. Rug twining seems to still be in some fairly common use whereas textile twining is more limited.

Twining in basketry is still very much in use. The twining technique is still taught and often referred to in basketry tutorials. This site's emphasis is on textile and to a lesser degree rug twining but links to basketry sites referring to twining is provided on the links page. We hope to include more links in the future.