Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wedge Weave

I mentioned the wedge weave workshop in my last post. Below is the miniature sampler I did on my handheld loom:
The dimensions are 4" x 4.5". The warp is natural colored carpet warp. The weft yarns are 2/8's shetland wool. I did tire of wedge weave as the end neared, so added plain weave and an isolated plain weave block at the top. As usual, click for bigger.

What I learned from this sample:
  • Wedge weave packs down more and draws in less than plain weave, hence the somewhat trapezoidal shape of the finished piece.
  • Carpet warp tends to flake a bit and those flakes come to the surface of the weave.
  • I like playing with free form design in tapestry techniques. There's something about having only a general plan, while thinking through the next color and the next steps.
Below is the warp that I used for the workshop. I decided to use black and white, the ultimate in contrasts, in order to see what is going on. For these three bands I've been playing around with several variables to see which effect I like best:

I varied how far the weft advanced across the web, and how densely the yarn was packed in the different bands. Next I'll finish off this section then start another sampler incorporating the black and white with a few colors. Maybe I can make a small bag from that.

True Conversation: Last week, I set about washing some handspun handknit gloves and mitts in the kitchen sink while my adult son was making a cup of tea. As the wool hit the water he sniffed in a deep breath and said, "Ahh....I love the smell of wet wool." Then he added, "I mean clean wet wool, not necessarily some of that raw fleece you bring in from time to time."

I laughed and told him that both are an acquired 'taste', like so many good things. As he walked out of the kitchen with his mug of tea, I couldn't help reflecting that I learned to spin while I was pregnant with him almost 24 years ago. He's had plenty of time to acquire that taste.

1 comment:

  1. ooooh..I'm liking those black and white wedges!

    And that true conversation just goes to prove that you must have raised a true wool connoisseur ;-)


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