Saturday, February 12, 2011

Seein' Red

Someone asked on Weavolution (I think it was) if people had a favourite weave structure or pattern that they keep coming back to. The above is one of mine. It's done on a 16 shaft point twill progression and is easy-peasy to weave with a dobby. It doesn't look it's best as it is on the loom under tension, but once wet finished the design resolves nicely into an illusion of plain weave. The bottom of the cloth shows the hem area which I'm not thrilled with, so I just finished re-tooling the hem into a broken 1/3 twill which will provide a nearly solid red hem for the face of the fabric and provide a nice border, I think.

And here is the waffle weave after wet finishing. I got enough woven that I could cut the cloth at the cloth storage beam and wet finish the 6 yard length of proto-type fabric plus one of the two waffle towels I wove. I am very happy with the results, although have no idea if anyone will want to buy them. But I'm happy enough with them that I think I will go back and do some more once I've finished the rather large cone of singles 12 linen I'm currently using on the woven illusion above. If there is any warp left, that is. I may be forced to do another warp just so I can weave some more of these towels? Or perhaps something else will capture my imagination.

In other news I've been working on paperwork - show applications, teaching handouts and such - and have been mulling over a one day workshop on working with colour. One group has offered to beta-test the topic, so that may join my offerings for next year. Since I haven't tooled up any new topics in quite a while, I suppose it's time?

Currently reading Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - really liking this author - thanks to Jamie for the recommendation! It takes place during the reign of Henry II so falls nicely into place having just finished Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman


Sharon Schulze said...

The post was on I just answered that I always seem to go back to...

DIAMONDS! And it's a happy new surprise every time. hahahaha!

I'm working on figuring out a doubleweave draft that will look like it actually has a patch on it - it's for a guild exchange. That's another favorite thing, I guess, figuring out doubleweave drafts that do what I want them to do. Oddly, doubleweave is the only structure I ever do that with!

Laura said...

Diamonds are a natural for weaving - they can be rendered in so many different ways within the woven structure. :)

Decided I prefered the beige side of the cloth for the hem after all.

TravelGoddess said...

I'm glad you like the book. Another recommendation is:
Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury. reading it now and it is about the development of the chocolate bar. Oddly enough most chocolatiers were Quakers!