Monday, June 1, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Motiif Stripe 2


Here is the second stripe motif group, beginning with the blue shadows at the bottom.  Like the first motif stripe group,  the treadling is asymmetrical.  I have used the same treadle to begin and end the group, to give some sense of unity. But to add complexity I treadled the end group 18 times, instead of the 5 times as I did at the beginning.  I had done this with the first stripe motif group as well.


The number of pattern treadles in each group follows the *Fibonacci sequence, as you can see if you count the yellow pattern yarns in each block.  The same is true of the first group as well, though the sequencing is a bit different.

One of the things I like about this treadling technique is the shadow patterns that show—places where the yellow shows, but not nearly as strongly as in the pattern areas.


Looking at the first treadled pattern block, for example, reveals two well-defined squares which show the yellow pattern very clearly.  But on either side of these are two blocks which also show yellow, just not at distinctly.  And on the left side, there are two blocks on either side of those that show yellow even less distinctly. The result is that even in those shadow areas, there are differences as to how much the yellow shows.


This completes the two motif group stripes on the first half of the scarf.  I plan, at this point anyway, to repeat them on the other half, but reverse the treadling so that they are a mirror image of this group.

Now to weave the next red background group and plan what on earth I’m going to do with the large central pattern.  Right now I haven’t a clue!

*To find out (lots) more about the Fibonacci series,  check out this web page:  Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section.


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Improvising at the Loom
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Motif Stripe 2” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 1, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Blossom Merz said...

Hi, there!

I've followed your blog for a while, but this post made stop and say, "Wow!" The assymetrical, fibonacci-counted blocks are beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your weaving with the rest of us.

Blossom Merz
San Francisco

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Blossom.