Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Overshot treadling

The photo shows two sets of treadlings.  In the first I have used red 60/2 silk for the pattern weft and yellow 120/2 silk for the tabby weft.  The warp is 60/2 silk. 

Yes, the pattern weft does look orange.  That is the yellow influence on the red.

I have treadled the pattern treadles in order.  The first pattern block is treadle 3 repeated 15 times (with shots of 120/2 after each pattern weft, the second is treadle 4, and so on through treadle 8.

In the second I have used the yellow silk tram for the pattern weft.  The silk tram is slightly heavier than the 60/2 silk and much shinier.

The black arrow points to a treadling error.  You can figure out the error for yourself, if you like. If you look at the other  blocks, it is clear that the yellow shows the same in the second-last block as it does there.  That is treadle 5.  It should have been treadle 6.

I am not overly fond of overshot treadlings in crackle.  I do not like the vertical warp break-ups of the individual pattern threads. I find those vertical warp lines distracting;  they disrupt the pattern being created by the pattern shots.  Perhaps if the warp were closer in color to the pattrn weft color, this would not be so relevant.

This is not to say that I do not like overshot.  I simply do not like the results on a crackle threading of overshot treadling. If find

But overshot treadling has a definite use;  it shows with great clarity where the blocks are.  I usually include an overshot treadling in my software when I am working with this crackle for that very purpose.  And I think it is probably a good idea to try it out in my next project, not just in the software but in the introductory sampling to help in finalizing the design.

Related Post:  Silk Tram

Treadled as Overshot” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on July 28, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.

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