Monday, June 29, 2009

SLOW WEAVING

Posted by Peg in South Carolina

It takes me a long time to weave my crackle pieces. There are several reasons for this:

1. I am generally working with fine silk at fine setts.
2. I am usually working with multiple shuttles.
3. Sometimes the pattern of choosing shuttles as I weave changes as I weave.

The following photo shows the fabric that just resulted from using two shuttles in a varying pattern:

Blue section 1

This is the first blue section of the second half of the crackle scarf/sample I am currently weaving. Looking carefully at the fabric shows a constantly shifting muted pattern. The pattern varying the way I treadle. The easiest way to show how this slows down my weaving is to reproduce my treadling notes.

Before presenting these, I need to remind you that I have six treadles tied up and I am treadling them one after the other. One sequence, then, consists of six treadles in a row. Here they are:

1. 1 shot bright blue, 1 shot dark blue….repeat through the 6 treadles. Repeat this sequence a total of 3 times.
2. 2 shots dark blue, 2 shots light blue, 2 shots dark blue. Repeat this one more time.
3. 1 shot bright blue, 1 shot dark blue…repeat through the 6 treadles
4. 2 shots dark blue, 2 shots light blue, 2 shots dark blue.
5. 1 shot bright blue, 1 shot dark blue…repeat through the 6 treadles
6. 2 shots dark blue, 2 shots bright blue, 2 shots dark blue
7. 2 shots bight blue, 2 shots dark blue, 2 shots bright blue
8. 2 shots dark blue, 2 shots bright blue, 2 shots dark blue
9. 1 shot bright blue, 1 shot dark blue…..repeat through the 6 treadles.

This is one fully treadled section. It represents a binary system I designed and consists of 64 shots. It measures not quite 1” in length. I weave this four more times for a total of five repeats.

This is the same way I wove the red sections in the first half. Go here to read more about that.

Slow weaving? yes indeed!

Related Posts:
Binary Sequences and Designing
Managing 3 Shuttles
Slow Weaving (written in 2007)


Slow Weaving” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 29, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina

2 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

Sometimes a slow project calls me and it is a good teacher.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes.