Thursday, October 31, 2013

Guild Meeting in October

Show and tell is always so inspiring. Here is what some of us have been up to. 
Barbara - felting

Barbara - Twill

Dawn - Tartan

Becky - sashing

Sam - plain weave

Becky - Huckabuck

Jane - Tartan

Jane - Plain Weave

Vicki - Twill

Vicki - Shadow Weave

Shirley - Twill

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Taquete and Color

Did someone say taquete and color went hand in hand. I believe when my friend Linda gave her program on Taquete that is exactly what she said. Here I am using three colors in rotation.  (I gave you the threading on yesterday's post....)  My three colors are orange, green and purple.

I have three different ways I have rotated the colors. You can see it best when you look at the large blocks.
orange, green, purple
green, orange, purple
purple, orange green

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Taquete 3 Colors

How about this? I have changed the tie-up...again. Now I will see what I can do with three colors.

I am still using a typical single two tie draft, but I am not weaving it as such. I will not use tabby (unless I want a hem area). I have set up my treadling to step on two treadles at the same time. I can see how having a computer aided loom would be very helpful with this structure. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sampling Taquete

Taquete and Two Colors!
I am weaving three different treadling blocks but using only two colors. I have a nice textile, but don't know if's really taquete, I will keep reading the book Weft-Faced Pattern Weaves  Tabby to Taquete, by Nancy Arthur Hoskins.
This is what I have so far...........................................................

I have woven: tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 4
                        tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 5
                        tie-down 2 with pattern treadle 4
                        tie-down 2 with pattern treadle 5
I then moved over to pattern treadles 6 and 7
                       tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 6
                       tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 7
                       tie-down 2 with pattern treadle 6
                       tie down 2 with pattern treadle 7
I then moved over to pattern treadles 8 and 9  
                       tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 8
                       tie-down 1 with pattern treadle 9
                       tie-down 2 with pattern treadle 8
                       tie-down 2 with pattern treadle 9
I alternated my colors orange-blue-orange-blue throughout.                 


Here is green and orange alternating on a red/dark red warp.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Anyone for Taquete?

This is the THREADING I have been using for the single two tie scarf and the 2Tied woven shibori scarf. Well..... keeping the same threading, lets see what happens if I change the TIE-UP and do some Taquete.

If I understand that Taquete is: a weft-face two-tie unit weave, or a weft-faced polychrome summer and winter weave (without tabby) or a weft-faced compound tabby weave, I begin to understand. (well maybe-maybe not!)

I am weaving with two colors, on opposites, without tabby. My warp is white. Hummmm. Let me sample a while and let you know what I think.

This is your basic single two-tie threading. But do not weave as traditional summer and winter.
It would be threaded using these units: 1-3-2-3, 1-4-2-4, 1-5-2-5, 1-6-2-6, 1-7-2-7, 1-8-2-8
I still need my two tie up treadles on shafts one and two.
I don't need tabby for this, unless I might need a header or hem area. But the actual weaving of taquete does not use tabby.
I will still need weave each pattern shaft with tie-down one and tie-down two.
My tie-up three pair of shaft combinations (on opposite).

I have some white warp I will sample on first.
And there is more to know.... but that is why I am sampling!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weaver Rose Cut Off Loom

Finished what I wanted to do on this Weaver Rose draft. A very strange draft for the traditional overshot person. Well, maybe I am not that of a traditionalist. But I do like to know what is going on and why. One of my weaving guilds is studying about Weaver Rose and hopefully one of them will come to our next meeting with a better grasp of this draft than I seem to have.
This was woven 'tromp as writ'. It works really well if you don't have any threading errors. I have used Shetland wool pattern weft and 24/3 cotton tabby. It's itch-ey... but should be better after it is wet finished!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fixing An Error

Here is a very handy tool that I got in my goodie bag at Midwest Weavers Conference this past June (2013) from the Northwest Arkansas Handweavers Guild in Springdale, USA. It works great! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

More Weaver Rose on the Blue Side

As we know by now, I have had several threading errors, but kept going anyway. And we have discovered that this draft of Weaver Roses (No. 10) is not a traditional overshot draft. For instance, this is what it look like when I weave 1-3 vs. 2-4. I like it.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Two Scarves one Warp

What do these two scarves have in common?

 They both were woven on the same threading! The both used the same tie-up!
Single Two-Tie used for a Woven Shibori resist.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just Messing Around

I am working on an article for the Complex Weaver Journal, so I did a little sampling at the dye pot. This isn't anything I am going to submit for approval, but I like the colors: Orange Sorbet, lemon yellow and pewter. I used the woven shibori technique and single two tie! (More info at a later date.)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Color to Dye For

I always get a 'hanker-ing' to get out the dye pot this time of year. Color abounds!! (Click photo to enlarge.)

Found this in the neighbors yard! See how much bigger they are than the leaves?

A color-way just waiting to jump onto a handwoven textile!!!

Do you see my bunny?

Was surprised to see these two guys. I thought they would be long gone.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Creative Expression on an Oversot Threading

Still working on the twill version of Weaver Rose No. 10. I am blending two reds, a 10/2 and an 8/2 as the pattern weft. It is covering very well.

......talking about weaving creative overshot on my last post, I was able to hunt up a couple of examples. These two pillows were done on the same warp. The treadling is different and so is the size and color of threads used. And I think one has been well loved, while the other has just been a show piece. If you squint your eyes, you can see they are the same-but different!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weaver Rose Twill Treadling

For those of you who have the book "The Weaving Roses of Rhode Island", I am now going to treadle No. 10: The American Beauty or White House with the treadling given in the book on page 49. The book states the treadling given is twill-like. It reminds me of what I call "creative overshot". That is when you have a traditional overshot threading on your loom, but treadle it twill or even another overshot treadling. It appeals to my free-spirit to explore a threading!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Not Quite Plain Weave

Yes, I agree with yesterdays comment  from Diane in Oregon, the light was a problem back in the 1800's. But the cold, dark, overcast days would be a day that if the couldn't work outside, they would be spinning or weaving inside.

Here is a look one of my tabby sheds. Yikes.......

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weave on the Diagonal

The yellow pin is helping keep me on the diagonal.
OK, I am going to weave this on the diagonal. I am really-really sure that there are errors in my threading on the left side. But I am going to forge ahead and see just what I get. I am thinking that when in the 1800's a weaver only had so long to devote to getting a coverlet woven and on the beds before cold weather rolled in, she(he) would have not fixed her(his) errors, but kept going. With over 500 threads for this small width, I am sure she(he) would have said, "well - phooey". (or some such words) and got the job done. Or, maybe - just maybe, she(he) didn't notice the errors until it was finished (like me sometimes).

This is the next block I will weave. It's seven threads, but I will weave it six picks.

See how I follow the diagonal? I only care what is going on with this line. The rest of the areas will take care of themselves. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blue Sample

I am trying out some Shetland wool just to see what I get. I can see where I have several errors in the threading. I didn't try to weave tromp as writ, but rather I wrote down the treadling by reading my threading from the first look at this draft.

OK, here is my take on 'tromp as writ' and 'treadle as drawn-in'.
Tromp As Writ = You will weave your blocks one less thread than the threading shows you. I almost always think of these words when overshot is discussed.
Treadle As Drawn In = You weave each thread by thread as your threading shows you. This would be the words I might use if I were doing some kind of twill. I am not sure these are the accepted definitions, but that is what my brain thinks.

I forgot to tell all my Canada friends "Happy Thanksgiving Day" yesterday. I hope you had a great weekend and have lots of leftovers to eat the rest of the week!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ei, Nej, Het, Nada, Nope, NO

This Weaver Rose guy has me stumped. I have changed to size 8/2 red cotton and tried some Shetland wool. These sizes look better. Will look through the stash and see if I have enough to do a pillow top.

I have treadled as the  book told me to and still don't get it. I can't figure out how to "treadle as drawn in" and make it work on the loom. It looks good on the computer, but......

His blocks are 2-4, 2-3,  1-3,  1-4. It doesn't look like summer and winter. It doesn't look like traditional overshot.
The first six threads 2-4-2-4-2-4,
The next six threads 2-3-2-3-2-3
The next four threads 1-3-1-3
The next two threads  2-4

The memo in the book says the treadling given is twill-like. But to treadle as drawn in that this is a three-table overshot. I wonder if I should weave thread by thread or by blocks? What combination is tabby?

I can get a viable cloth, but would like to get what he got! If this is 'on opposites' I guess I don't understand how to do that. Any ideas??????