Summer School Sampler

Finally (I hope) here’s something about the weaving that I’ve been doing with the remains of the warp from the Summer School.

Here’s one of the more interesting weave structures  from the echo twill threading.
Towards the end of the week we were exploring “trompe as writ”, which is where you pick a twill, and treadling to the same pattern as the twill lifts.

For example, using a 3/2/1/2 twill, the 8 lifts are:

  1. 1 2 3 6
  2. 2  3 4  7
  3. 3 4 5 8
  4. 2 5 6 7
  5. 3 6 7 8
  6. 1 4 7 8
  7. 1 2 5 8

So “trompe as writ” for a straight twill threading  – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3  4 5 6 7 8. would mean to make the lifts as above (1->8 repeated). But we had some network twill, and moving twills eg threadings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 5 4 3 4 5 6 7 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 3 2 1  (M’s and W’s) so we did the lifts in that order, to make quite complicated patterns from very simple threadings.

Random treadling on echo twill threading

With the left over few feet of sampler, I devised another lift pattern, random lifts. I wove a few picks (2, 3 or 4) following the 3/2/1/2 lift pattern, then tossed a coin. If it came down heads I continued in the direction that the lifts were going ie 1 2 3 followed by 4 5 (6) (7), tails meant a reversal ie 1 2 3 followed by 2 1 (8) (7). This was starting to show some interesting effects especially in the network threading and the echo twill. I think in a finer yarn this might make a fine and very subtle fabric perhaps for a vest or jacket.

 

 

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