Posted by Peg in South Carolina
At least one person caught the second clue: the label at the bottom. Yes, four-shaft crackle. I am weaving it with two colors. This means three shuttles, since the tabby is required. I weave the blocks by alternating first treadles 1 and 2, then 2 and 3, then 3 and 4, and finally 4 and 1. This obviously gives a twill order to the blocks---a diagonal line.
Forgetting the weird thing my camera did with the fine red tabby threads in the photo, I don’t particularly like what I see on the loom. I used the red for tabby on purpose because one of my questions is what would happen if I used a contrasting weft for tabby. Right now I don’t like it but I don’t know what will happen when I wash and full it. I am trusting that I will like it enough to send off to the Complex Weavers’ Crackle Study Group exchange in March. Yes, I have decided to weave this for the rest of the warp. That should give me enough length for the samples I will need.
So far, washing and fulling wool samples has in general produced results I quite liked. If I hate the results I may still send the samples in as the results of a “learning experience……..”
Will I return to weaving crackle with wool? Will I return to weaving crackle with thick yarns? I do not know. But when I am done with this, I will have a base from which to start if and when I decide to try some more. But I would first have to answer the question: why?
Why would I move from fine silk to heavy wool?
One answer would be the desire to weave crackle in a much larger format. But that simply brings up another question: why would I want to do that? I am very happy weaving crackle with 60/2 silk. It is the difference between painting with a very fine water oil brush and painting with a large one. Painting with a large brush needs a large canvas; a small brush needs a small canvas. Large brushes are bold; small brushes are more subtle. Not that there can’t be boldness or subtlety in both approaches; it is the basic approach that is different. I like the intimacy of a small canvas.
On the other hand, I do like the softness, the fuzziness of wool. This is one reason I miss living in the north. This is probably why most of what I spin is wool, despite the fact that I live in South Carolina. So the chances are that I might turn to wool, but it would probably be fine wool.
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