Monday, March 10, 2008



This time I have used 20/2 pearl cotton as both pattern and binder weft. This is not at all traditional. The heavier weft is traditional. But I like the results. Indeed, I have been liking the results of weaving with 20/2 so much that I have put off dyeing the wefts because I am not sure that I will be using a heavy weft for pattern when I turn to the silk. Before I make a final decision, I want this sample off the loom, washed, and pressed so that I can better evaluate the differences.


I used six colors, rotating them so that with each new treadling block, I dropped one color and added another. The colors I used were a darkish blue, orange, yellow, a slightly blued green, yellow green, and aqua.In the case of this tromp as writ treadling, I like the rather misty effect that has happened.


This misty effect is quite the opposite of my more typical work. Go here, for example, to see a picture of what of the earlier samplings on this warp. Or here for a photo of one of my favorite crackle scarves. These images are much more typical of my work. The misty effect of this latest sampling reminds me just a bit of some of the foggy kinds of paintings that Claude Monet did.

This is a good website to view some of Monet's paintings. Check out especially Poplars on the Epte and Rouen Cathedral.

I have always adored the impressionist painters. Is this love beginning to enter into my weaving? We shall see.


I defined the treadling pattern as "tromp as writ." Actually, that is not strictly true, for I did not take the treadlings in order. Instead, I alternated treadling blocks till I finished the sequence. Then I returned to the beginning to pick up the remaining omitted treadling blocks.

To read a bit more on tromp as writ go to Heritage Yarns . Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and you will find a good disucssion of this in terms of overshot threadings.

Related Post: "Tromp as Writ"

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