Thursday, March 24, 2011

From 24 shafts to Plain Weave!

Ingrid is branching out and starting to design  drafts to use on her 24 shaft AVL loom.  She is a member of Complex Weavers and has joined the study group called "24 More or Less".  This group exchanges woven samples and drafts once a year.  The criteria is that draft and cloth must use at least 17 shafts; no limit to the maximum number of shafts.  Here is the sample that Ingrid wove for the exchange.  The warp and weft are 10/2 cotton and the warp has two colors - champagne and natural which gives the cloth an extra  visual depth.  The draft is an Ingrid original. 

In order to weave the exchange samples, Ingrid needed to weave off the warp that had been on the loom for an extended period of time (months, a year?)  There was enough warp for a table runner in snow white.  Won't this look great on someone's dining table!  I believe that this is a 16 shaft design.

Jackie is fond of using Alpaca in shawls and scarves.  In her stash she had an array of odd balls from previous projects so she  set out to combine them into scarves.  Using a 2/2 twill, she designed these two lovely pieces.  They were almost feather weight - but will be so very warm because of the Alpaca fiber.

Sue Habegger spent several years in Espanola, New Mexico, studying ChimayĆ³-Style weaving.  She built  her own walking loom that was sturdy enough for the weft faced rugs and wall hangings she was learning to weave.  This type of weaving is somewhat more strenous than Sue likes to do these days, but she managed to finish up this wonderful wall hanging with a design inspired by a textile seen on the internet. Black is not a color Sue usually uses, but it is quite effective in this piece. 

There are still several  more things to share in my next post about March's meeting.  As I write this, it snows.  Nevada county has certainly had its share of winter this year and we can hardly wait for spring!

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