Friday, February 19, 2010

It's All About Stripes

Jackie has been promising to weave rugs for several years and she has a grand Toika countermarche loom which is well suited for the job. She has made a great beginning with this rag rug for her kitchen. Jackie used an old sheet from a thrift store and cut her strips about 1 3/4" wide because the sheet was well worn. Then, from her stash of cotton yardage, she cut strips about 1 1/2" wide for the stripes.

The perfect use for recycled fabric, don't you think?

Ingrid has been playing with stripes. She found a great little tool online called a random stripe generator and played around with it until she found a pleasing stripe design. Then, using three shades of natural color cotton from Sally Fox she wove towels using the draft which follows. The stripe design is outstanding and well worth the extra trouble in warping.

To read a bit more about Ingrid's process click here for her personal weaving blog.

Dee brought in two very different towels that were woven on the same warp. She used a two block twill which is one of her favorites. The towel on the left was woven with a dark green weft and she treadled 1-4 and 5-8 repeatedly so the blocks are pronounced. Also, by using the dark green weft the green stripes really pop. The towel on the left used a white weft and was treadled from 1-8. See the draft at a previous post. For a touch of contrast, Dee picked some heavier purple cotton for accent stripes.

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