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playing with colour

February 22, 2012

a new 16 harness pattern woven on a black silk warp with handspun 2 ply silk

the weft for one scarf was spun fron silk hankies, natural dyed and hand carded

the colours are soft and well blended 



the second weft is silk roving painted with Procion MX dyes. It was torn into pencil thin roving and then spun. The colours are very strong and not well blended.






on a sample at the end of the warp I reversed the weft patterning – it is a twill variation. Sampling on a mechanical dobby loom is not always easy, especially a 16 harness pattern as you have to re-peg the pattern change. This one is a winner, I have plans for it… 



8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 5:50 am

    It’s a nice choice of weave for these materials. I can see you will have good things coming from this structure for a long time to come. No need to repeg!


  2. February 23, 2012 12:24 am

    Speechless and the gorgeousness of it all.


  3. February 22, 2012 9:56 pm



    • February 22, 2012 11:05 pm

      Heather – I’m not a big fan of complex loom control weaves, don’t use the 16h often and am just as happy with plain weave and twill. I admire other people’s work but like to dye, stitch and do some surface design techniques


  4. February 22, 2012 9:55 pm

    Whew, that’s a beauty. I prefer the first one although it’s a close contest. I’m still piddling away on four harnesses, can’t wrap my brain around more than that. It seems you can weave multi-shaft marvels at the drop of a hat. I’m not jealous, just proberly awestruck!


  5. arlene permalink
    February 22, 2012 4:53 pm

    I love the colors. The last pattern is my favorite.


  6. February 22, 2012 4:46 pm

    you’re right about the last one. i’ve never managed more than 8 harnesses, though i dreamt of trying more. i seem to weave more and more simply as i go!


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