Monday, March 24, 2014

Supplementary Weaving

When you have more than one loom, it is required to have a project going on each at the same time. No, really! I read that somewhere. With those words of wisdom, I have attacked the Macomber with a four shaft puzzle. Well, it's not really a puzzle so much as a "wow- you have got to be kidding" kind of thing.

I will attempt to trick a four shaft loom (it really has 10 shafts, but that is a different story for another day) into weaving four blocks of summer and winter. We know that there are only two blocks in summer and winter: 1-3-2-3, 1-4-2-4. So how can we squeeze two more blocks out of that? Well, according to Donna Sullivan and her book "Summer and Winter: A Weave For All Seasons" it is possible.

To maintain the odd-even threading (and treadling) a few rules need to be adhered to. You can us the word transitional or incidental, but you will need to add or subtract an end when going from certain blocks to the other. All to be reveled as we go along. 

At 20 epi, the threading begins.

By using different colors in the warp, pattern weft and tabby, you can achieve several different effects. As with traditional summer and winter the tie-down shafts will be used. And the different orders can be picked as you like: 1-2-1-2, 1-2-2-1, 1-1-1-1 and so on...... For this project I will use white warp and colors in the weft.

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