Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Leigh has been doing a marvelous job explicating the Summer&Winter weaving structure for us. It’s an important structure and interesting. It is especially useful for 4-shaft weavers. Go to her blog to read all her recent posts on the subject.
I find especially intriguing the fact that S&W treadling can be used on other threading structures as well. Overshot is one. And…..crackle (did I surprise you?!) is another. Indeed, S&W is one of my favorite treadlings for normal 4-shaft crackle. I like it better, for example, than the more usual overshot treadling (apologies to Susan).
S&W treadling is also lovely on this maddening yet delightful 8-blocks-on-4-shafts crackle (anybody got a short and useful acronym for this?).
There is just one problem with treadling crackle as S&W: it requires plain-weave(tabby picks). You can easily do this with standard 4-shaft crackle. But since there is no tabby with 8-blocks-on………crackle, one has to compromise by picking for the tabby equivalent, that treadle which produces the opposite shed to the pattern shed. But that too is impossible. Maddening?! But you can come close enough to make it work.
I really really do not like to deal with tabby picks or opposite-shed picks when I am already working with a bunch of colors and therefore with a bunch of shuttles. Adding another shuttle into the mix does not make me happy, especially when I am working with 60/2 silk.
Treadling polychrome style is for me the answer. No tabby (or opposite shed) is required. Wheww.
Still, I do like the S&W treadling…….