Monday, February 11, 2019

New Scarf

Scarf: warp is deep navy silk/flax from my stash sett 30 epi. Weft is 20/2 Diva Blue silk from Webs @28 ppi. 36 pattern shafts threaded straight draw & treadling converted from a 32 shaft lift plan (#115) in the ProWeave Twill Databank. 4 shafts were used for basket weave selvages.

Blazing Shuttles Twill Scarf

Blazing Shuttles Pink Smoke 8/2 cotton sett 24 epi;  I tied onto my previous warp to minimize warp waste - the warp I could not weave at the end was from the previous scarf.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Tencel Scarf

The middle 200 threads are variegated red/black 8/2 Tencel.  Basket weave selvages in black Tencel added 12 threads to each edge.  The weft was black 8/2 Tencel.  The sett was 24 EPI and the AVL Auto-Advance was set to 24 PPI.

Painted Warp Scarf

This is a 10.5 yard Blazing Shuttles Black Dahlia warp (10/2 mercerized cotton; 400 threads) sett 30 ends per inch.  The weft was 20/2 bright blue silk.  The pattern used 36 shafts and 4 shafts were used for black cotton basket weave edges.

Diversified Plain Weave

I am a member of a Complex Weavers study group called The Sixteens.  This year's topic was Diversified Plain Weave. The 14 pattern blocks afforded by Diversified Plain Weave (DPW) on 16 shafts created the opportunity to render a favorite knitting machine pattern in woven cloth.  Many of the old knitting machines used 12-hole or 24-hole punch cards for pattern input.  A 24-stitch symmetrical knitting machine pattern can be adapted easily to a 13-block point profile.  A 13-block profile draft was derived from American Indian designs adapted to knitting by Regine Faust, (Regine Studio, 1980, 225 pages, ASIN: B0007C3PGW); pattern on page 108.  I converted the profile draft to 14 blocks.   Below is a partial threading draft.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Towels for September weddings. These patterns are all based on 3-1 & 1-3 twills while next towels will be patterns created with broken twills.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Handwoven Wedding Dress (May 3, 1992)

As a fearless beginning weaver, I designed & wove the fabric for my wedding dress.  My husband's Aunt Ingrid designed & sewed it.  My dress made the centerfold of Weaver's Magazine ("Lace Wedding Dress" Issue #21: pp31,33)  in 1993.

It all started in early 1990 when I realized I had always wanted to learn how to weave and had never been able to figure out where & how to start.  I did not even know what a harness or a heddle was, but it made sense that it would be easier to figure these things out (including how to weave) if I owned a loom.  My father was a big believer that one could avoid a lot of implementation problems by using the highest quality tools.  I bought a 4 harness modular 40" Folding Dobby Loom from AVL and followed the AVL weaving instructions precisely.  Within a couple of months I had upgraded my AVL to a 16 harness dobby.  Because it was a spectacular loom & I followed instructions carefully I never had any technical problems.  My tension was even & selvages smooth.  The books I bought from AVL (e.g., Handbook of Weaves by Eleanor Best) helped me learn how to draft.  I did, however, have a lot to learn.  My early weaving featured flimsy place mats & stiff napkins.  The color choices that worked so well in needlepoint & machine knitting rendered woven fabric that looked like a muddy mess (2 different hues with the same color value).