Friday, June 02, 2017

Combining Card Weaving and Regular Weaving

This blog post was written by Not 2 Square member, Wendy-Marie, about a technique she has been wanting to try for a long time. 

"This month I tried out combining loom and card weaving. With guidance from Inge Dam’s book Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics, I made an experimental piece, 8.5” wide (7” for the loom-woven section and 1.5” for the tablet-woven section). The yarn was 5/2 cotton; sett was 16 epi in the loom section and 2 cards per dent in the tablet section. Inge Dam uses finer yarn, her largest grist being 10/2 cotton. 

Some things I learned:
  • For the tablet section, the sett is gauged by “cards per dent,” rather than ends per inch.
  • The cards are placed behind the reed, so an Ashford loom is not really suitable for this kind of work.
  • To hide unsightly white weft at the band border, I found a cloth marker that matched my blue warp, and colored the white speckles blue. (Inge Dam uses a particular card warping method that avoids the weft-at-the-selvedge problem.)

Since one must turn the tablets as well as change sheds for every pick, it is a time-consuming process, and I thought the same product could have been achieved more easily by making the band separately and sewing it to the cloth. However, I’d like to try one more loom-tablet hybrid using 10/2 cotton."

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