Saturday, February 22, 2014

Playing with weaving drafts

A couple weeks ago Kerstin did a blog post about an unusual fabric and her approach to reproducing a draft for it.

I was fresh out of a three shaft weave workshop with JoAnne Bachelder and visions of combining three shafts drafts were dancing in my head:
samples from the three shaft workshop
So I asked Kerstin if she had considered approaching it with three shaft drafts instead of a straight draw and got permission to play around with it myself.  Here's what I came up with:

It's a combination of 4 three end twills using 12 shafts to produce 4 blocks.  It's similar, but different from Kerstin's in that there are three shots of a float pattern with only one plain weave shot between each group of three float wefts..

Here's what the fabric looks like:
 The striped appearance of the green warp blocks is from 4 different greens used in the warp.  All of the yarns are 8/2 cotton.

By changing the tie up, it's possible to get pattern/texture in three blocks, with one plain weave block moving in a diagonal across the fabric:

Or change the tie-up again and you can different pattern/texturess in all four blocks:

There's a seven yard warp on the loom for towels where I will play with all of these variations.   Feel free to play along, but let us know if you do.  It will be fun to see what others come up with.

Sorry for the sparseness of posts lately.  I've been kind of busy doing this:

How many more polar vortices can there be this season?


  1. Nice! Isn't it fun, the way it is possible to come up with different (if sort-of-similar) results form one idea?
    Go on playing... that's what makes life fun!

  2. What great fun and that is wonderful fabric. Love the greens. Looks like a few more vortexes coming your way and here we are wishing for anything that might look like moisture. Stay warm!

  3. I had the same thought! Wondering whether you could get the texture using 3 shaft structures! You played, I haven't.

  4. Such interesting weaving!
    I can scarcely imagine dealing with all the cold and snow that has been hammering so much of the nation.


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