It is an elusive little weaving concept, but it can be a lot of fun to play with. Technically it's really not a block weave, but it can be. And it's really not a tied weave, but it could be. There a couple ways to come up with a threading and tie-up, but the treadling can be anything you want....as long as you treadle the ground cloth picks in between.
I was having trouble really understanding what was going on, so I decided to thread 6 different 8 shaft twill variations, then play around with a the treadling. It was my own personal weaving workshop:
You can click for a closer look. When I first finished it looked like the dog's breakfast to me. Now that it's been around for a couple weeks, the possibilities have begun to grow on me. Don't the orange and gray zigzags at the top remind you of Charlie Brown's shirt in the Peanut's comic strip?
Here's the last two treadlings that were inadvertantly amputated:
The treadling on the bottom kind of grew on me. Maybe it was the shuttle shape formed by the orange threads w/ the gray background. So I wove the rest of the warp with that treadling:
The fabric in the last photo is on it's way to becoming a bag. Stay tuned for that.
I'm also playing around with more turned taquete' on 12 and 8 shafts. More to come.....