Let’s see how to weave this beautiful, 3D wrap!
The triaxial weave, also known as the Qbert weave or the building blocks pattern is popular in mesh work. Lately it has become very popular in the paracord crafts as well due to the work of Paul Luzny, who showed a wrap made using the technique. Before, the weave was mostly used for flat weaves, but being able to use it as a wrap is a powerful tool for the braider.
The weave is a bit more advanced, so be sure to load up on patience and you will have a nice looking weave in no time.
With that said, I have made a video and photo tutorials, both are available below. So, let’s get to some weaving!
You will need the following:
- paracord, I highly recommend using gutted cord (inner strands removed) and straightening it out. Three different colors are almost a must here.
- an object to wrap. It can be a handle, water bottle, you name it. I used a simple dowel rod for this demonstration.
- a lacing needle is also highly recommended to make work easier. You can make your own lacing needle using this tutorial.
The first thing you need to do is to determine the number of cords you will need for the wrap. Since there are three colors you will need three sets of cords. Two sets will be used to cover the circumference of the object you are wrapping. These cords alternate around the circumference as seen in the image below. There should be an even number of these cords (4,6,8,10 etc.). In my example I used 4 cords of red color and 4 cords of orange color. This was enough to cover a 3/8 inch dowel rod comfortably.
The other set of cords you will need are the ones for the third color (this color runs vertically in the weave and it is the third and last one to be introduced into the weave). You will need double the amount of these cords comparing to the previous colors. So if I used 4 cords per color before, I will use 8 cords of the third color.
Before I start I make sure my cords are as flat as I can get them. To prevent twists I will flatten my cord by wetting it and pulling it through nose pliers. Some prefer to simply iron them out. This is an optional step though.
To start we will cover the circumference of the object we are wrapping, alternating our two colors around the object. Working this weave a bit loose will help you make it faster.
The cords are secured around the object. I use an inner strand of paracord to create a powerful wrap.
We then select one color, in my case red.
Then take all the cords and wrap them around and around the object.
Then secure the bottom.
I secure the bottom using a wrap as well.
We now switch to the other color.
Using a lacing needle on the cord you are working with is almost a must.
We continue by weaving our first cord in an under one-over two sequence (U1-O2).
We start under the cord to it’s right.
The cord will spiral around and around to the bottom.
One cord done.
The second cord now repeats the same under one-over two sequence (U1-O2).
We again start under the cord to the right of our working cord.
Repeat the process until all cords are woven in.
We now introduce our vertical cords of the third color. Note that the section we go under looks like a reverse “Z”, “S” or lightning bolt.
We then continue by going over a section that has two parallel cords going over one cord.
The first cord is woven through, alternating between over and under sections. In these sections we either go over three cords or under three.
Another look at the pattern of the first cord.
The next vertical cord is introduced much in the same way, we just switch the sequence around. Where we went under before, we go over now and vice versa.
The third cord for example will again switch back to the pattern of the first cord.
In conclusion & video
Naturally, patience is required for making this weave. Be sure to take a close look at the weave and pay special attention to which cords you go over and under.
To make your life a bit easier I have also made a video tutorial:
Enjoy this beautiful weave, see ya next time!