Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

End of Warp Sampling

The white weft shots mark the division between treadling (polychrome-the bottom half in the photo) which requires no tabby shots and treadling which does require tabby shots (above the white weft shots).


The first group of treadlings are those with the dulled reds and blues and the yellow blocks. This is treadled Summer-and-Winter style. This is basically treadling shafts 3,4,4,3, repeating, then shafts 5,6,6,5, repeating, and so on. The first treadle in each group is blue 60/2 silk, the second is the heavier lustrous yellow silk, and the tabbies are red 60/2 silk. A tabby is treadled after each pattern shafts. The tabbies are treadled with the treadles not used for the pattern threads in the current group, and they are treadled in order. Here is an example using the first block:

3,pattern blue, 5 tabby
4,pattern yellow, 6 tabby
4, pattern yellow, 7 tabby
3, pattern blue, 8 tabby

My choice of yarns, I decided, are quite misleading. The yellows and blues in S&W treadling should turn out to be equally clear. The heavier yellow, combined with its strength of color, diminishes the blue. To be effective, I would probably use both colors in that heavier thread and I would have used 120 silk for the tabbies. Still, what is happening is clear enough to me that this is not what I want for my next project.


Where you see the brighter reds, I have stopped treadling S&W and simply alternated blocks, still including the tabbies in the same manner. This, time, however, I have used 120/2 silk in orange for the tabby. That fine orange has a definite effect on the not-quite-so-fine reds of the pattern wefts.

After the first three blocks is this group, I changed to a yellow 120/2 silk tabby. Wanting to minimize the yellow, in the next 3 blocks, I used both the orange and the yellow silks, sometimes alternating, sometimes using the yellow for only one treadle in a treadling group.

Finally, in the last block you see here, I used the heavier silk for 3 and blue for 4. And the result there resembles somewhat the earlier polychrome treadlings.


As I weave these samples, I am trying to imagine these treadlings in a totally different color scheme:

Basic Color Scheme

Not a typical Peg in South Carolina color scheme…….. But I am very very excited about it. I even have a working title for the piece!

Related Post:
Crackle Treadled As Summer and Winter
Crackle Treadled as Summer and Winter Continued
Summer and Winter and…….Crackle (Of Course)

End of Warp Sampling: Treadlings with Tabbies” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on July 21, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Delighted Hands said...

Like a scientist with his vials, she experiments with colored threads.

Leigh said...

Not typical is good! Whenever I do that I'm always amazed how well I actually like the results. Makes me wonder how we get stuck in color ruts in the first place.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Delighted Hands, I love the imagery!
Leigh, we get stuck because it is easy. You might say I've been stuck in a red phase...... It is this exhibit I hope to enter that has jerked me out of the rut.