Saturday, January 31, 2009


This treadling is more complex than the original and makes an interesting large pattern. The X and O are still there, but elongated. I like creating curves in my fabric and while the raindrops were nice curves, they were a bit static. This pattern is more interesting to my eye. Such ornateness isn't to everyone's taste, though, so I'm only doing 4 of these.

Once again the hem is woven in a point progression.

I like to do hems like this for a couple of reasons. As mentioned yesterday, the draw in is more similar than when using plain weave as a hem for one thing.

For another, when working with rather large patterns that may - or may not - fit into the dimensions I'm aiming for, I can make the hem area longer or shorter to compensate.

For this towel, I increased the repeats in the hem. The next towel, which will have a much simpler treadling, I may decrease the repeats in the hem area.

It is one of the beauties of using weaving software - I can make changes, sometimes quite drastic ones, with very little time invested. I have a library of different treadlings that I can mix and match, or with about 10 to 15 minutes of input, come up with something completely different than what I've used before.

Twills quite fascinate me. I've been weaving various twills almost exclusively for several years, and I don't seem to ever run out of something new to try. :)


Sandra Rude said...

Hi, Laura, these towels are really lovely! Here's to using up stash, and making beautiful things with said stash. Cheers - Sanda

Sharon said...

I recently asked a question about 2/2 twills which got me thinking about twills in general. Does twill refer to a pattern that moves back and forth in sequence like "over x ends, under y ends, over z ends, under y ends" (e.g. 2/1/3/1)?

Is it the regularity that makes it a twill, as opposed to a huck, which hops around, or a satin which (if I'm remembering correctly) isn't evenly distributed in the same way as a twill?

I'm thinking it's time I start doing more studying about structure, eh? Any suggestions on a good, solid book that talks about structures in ways that are understandable in somewhat modern terms?

Laura said...

Hi Sharon,

You could look at Madelyn van der Hoogt's The Complete Book of Drafting.

Or if you have CDWeaver III, one of the sections is a lesson on 4 shaft twills, and another on 8 shaft, which may help to clarify things.