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August 21, 2015

it has been a long hot Summer

P1070417even the dragonflies need a rest

P1070420it is almost too hot to dye

handspun 2 ply silk

dyed in cochineal and lac

exhaust bath left over from the dye weekend

P1070423crackle samples are off the loom – the weaving was very slow

couldn’t have done it without my Fiberworks software

P1070426the fine wool warp, sett at 32 epi

was chosen because I have 2.5 pounds of it

and wanted to be sure how it behaved before committing it to a major project

only two broken threads and it has a nice drape

the first sample was woven as Bronson lace

wool weft, then 60/2 silk which feels lovely

P1070436woven as overshotP1070437polychrome blocks woven in several different colourways

using four different colours

 start with a pattern colour and a different tabby (background/plain weave)

when you change blocks, drop the pattern colour

move the tabby into the pattern position and add a new tabby colour

takes a bit of concentration!

P1070438next – woven as honeycomb

first, using only one colour in the cells

 then alternating five colours in four blocks

P1070433finally, petitpoint swivel

the honeycomb and swivel are my favorite

P1070435but – they have long floats on the back

I learned more on this warp than all the other samples

the wool is definitely worth using

 finer yarns are much nicer

that’s the end of samples – for a while

now I have to decide what to weave!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2015 3:03 am

    Your samples are fascinating–I like seeing variety you’re getting. So much to learn . . . .


  2. August 22, 2015 8:15 am

    Lovely samples! I really like the honeycomb one. I remember long ago taking a class with the late Mary Snyder who wrote the first little booklet totally on crackle weaves. So many possibilities. She was in her early 80’s then and so enthusiastic – her energy put us all on our toes!


    • August 22, 2015 9:08 am

      Louisa – think the honeycomb is what is going on the loom next. Teachers can make such a difference if they have enthusiasm and a love for what they’re teaching.


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