Monday, January 26, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Another shadow weave sample Here is a photo of the fabric that I wove on the loom. At the very bottom, the original mess created with the wrong tie up is visible. After that, the weaving is on the corrected tie up. There are a few clear treadling errors.






And here is a photo of the same fabric, off the loom and fulled. It looks just a bit different…….



Now, if you don’t know what shadow weave is supposed to look like, check on the example in this recent blog post of the Weaving Discussion Group, Weave Meeting January 20.  Scroll a little over half way down to find the example, but do enjoy the rest of the post as well.

Back to my second photo. Despite those treadling errors, however,  a glimmer of the shadow weave effect is visible in the diagonal lines.  You can even see it in the earlier photo of the fabric still on the loom, but it is much more pronounced with the fabric off the loom and fulled.

These diagonal lines are different in the parts woven with the correct tie up.  These different lines result from different treadlings. 

I have done now what I have wanted to do for a long time.  I have wanted to see what would happen if I threaded shadow weave on a plain color but wove it with two colors.

This is the first time that I have had an easy warp to rethread, plus two colors to work with.  So  jumped at the chance.  Doing this does create an interesting effect.  Not one, however, that I want to use for the final shawl.

"Shadow Weave Continued" was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 26, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Anonymous said...

I really like those diagonals - a very subtle effect.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes, Cally, I do too. And it suggests possibilities for playing and experimenting with shadow weave, other than the more traditional approaches.