Saturday, April 15, 2017

Details, Details

I've been working on a research project the past while and today wound the next two 'full sized sample' warps to explore options.

While rough sleying this warp I started thinking but the upcoming Olds classes in Cape Breton and Olds, AB and about how weaving, as such, wasn't all that difficult.  It was just crossing one set of threads with another.  There are many, many ways to accomplish this, from needle weaving, to back strap weaving, to rigid heddle weaving, to floor loom weaving, to draw looms and Jacquard looms.  And a whole bunch of other options.

Recently I was talking with someone who just returned from a tour of India and we agreed that the complexity of the loom wasn't what made great textiles, it was the skill of the weaver using whatever tools they had.  

I have seen amazing textiles made on the most rudimentary of looms.

The difficulty, if you will, in learning how to weave is in the details.  Because when one thing changes, everything can change.

And this is what I am doing with this project.  Taking one type of yarn, trying various options, seeing what happens, then changing one thing, trying that, analyzing the results, changing one more thing, rinse, repeat.

Making cloth is truly in the details.

Whatever equipment you use, which ever techniques you use, really doesn't matter.  What matters is the cloth that comes off the loom.  Learning all the little details makes the task more interesting to me, but really, weaving?  Just crossing one set of threads with another.  With details.


Peg Cherre said...

Your dedication to such concrete, and to most (myself included, I admit), tedious practices is what makes your weaving great, and your teaching even greater. Thank you for your willingness to continue to do this.

Nancy said...

I love hearing about the "details" - well put Laura! I think that each of us has something in weaving that sparks us. It may be color, details, structure, rhythm... I find myself leaning towards "fiddly" tools like velvet weaving and drawloom work. Your continuing fascination with and exploration of weaving encourages me to think about how I can explore and expand my own weaving. I enjoy travelling on this journey with you, through your blog!