Monday, February 11, 2019
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.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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).