The Janus Hexagon

Projects that look interesting on both sides are the theme of Handwoven November/December 2020. Weaving hexagons with two colors and changing colors after every row creates a unique pattern where the right side of the fabric shows the opposite pattern to the wrong side … two opposite faces, like Janus. (Meriam-Webster, Janus, “a Roman god that is identified with doors, gates, and all beginnings and that is depicted with two opposite faces”)

The weaving pattern will work on all TURTLE hexagon looms. For this demonstration and for the Janus doily project we used the Original TURTLE Loom™ and Universal Yarn Uptown Worsted, a quality acrylic yarn that is super soft and comes in many colors.

Weaving a Janus hexagon is not complicated, you just have to look out for a few things. Even better, we’re explaining a different, speedy method to fill in the center of the hexagon: Instead of the traditional back-and-forth weaving, we are using what we call the Afterthought Layer Weaving Method™. Everything is explained in the following video.

Using a different loom? You can! The weaving method is the same for all TURTLE hexagon looms, but you need to adjust the number of wraps: Use a little bit more than half of the recommended wraps for your loom to weave the last “layer”.

What to do with Janus hexagons? Here are just a few ideas about arranging those hexagons differently. Add to that using different colors!

And don’t forget the chocolates!

15 thoughts on “The Janus Hexagon

  1. Gabi, are there written directions for the very interesting weaving adventure? I really LOVE weaving on my ‘Turtles’!!

      1. Thank you for the information Gabi. That would be great. I love taking my Turtle Looms with me when I have hospital appointments.. makes them seem to go faster. Although they are still a couple hours long.

      2. Gabi, It would also help to have written instructions because sometimes I do not have internet access and it uses a lot of my allotted internet time. Where I live it is very hard to get internet signal and there is no ‘unlimited’ options. In short, it is expensive to keep viewing any video.

      3. Photo-guided instructions mean there are photos, and they are explained in text. This will be a downloadable pdf.

  2. Gabi, this is beautiful and I would very much like to be able to make a Janus hexagon of my own, but I’m a true beginner (just got my very first turtle loom yesterday) and I can do everything except figure out how to do the final weaving of the white yarn between the loops of black yarn at the end. Are there any other instructions available? Or should I get a zoom loom and learn how to do that first? Thanks so much for your generous sharing …

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Please send me an email (you can find the contact info in the instructions booklet), and then we setup a one-on-one to get you going. It sounds like you’re close!

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