Friday, October 21, 2016

Three End Block Rug and a Rag Rug on the Loom

Wendy-Marie took a class from Jason Collingwood at CNCH in 2015.  He introduced her to the three end block weave.  Block one is threaded 1-3-2 and block two is 1-4-2.  Recently, Wendy-Marie took what she learned in the class and created a wonderful rug on her Gilmore Gem loom.  The warp was linen and sett at 4 epi.  The warp and sley technique are a bit unusual.  It is sleyed 1-2-1-2 in the reed, with two ends acting as one when two ends are in one dent.  This adds extra stability to the rug.  The weft is wool, doubled.

As you can see in the photos, the colors reverse on the two sides of the rug.


The next photo is a rag rug being woven by Jackie H.  She has an amazing flair for elegant rag rugs.  In this rug she is using old blue sheets and white stripes from a bath towel as the weft yarns.  Jackie uses 12/2 seine twine in her warp. Her loom is amazing too - a wonderful countermarch Toika that she has been weaving on for many years. 


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