Monday, June 30, 2014

Just playing around....

The plants from the last post are in the ground and pretty well established.  Some traveling and some housecleaning have been accomplished and now it's time for play.

First  up is this bag:
The fabric is from the workshop I took with Sara Lamb back in 2011 so perhaps it looks familiar.
I found the directions for the Triangular Bag at Between the Lines.  It calls for a fabric three times as long as it is wide and that was exactly what I a little left over for the handle.  I lined it with some poplin that was languishing in a drawer.  A fun little bag for carrying around projects.

Then earlier this month I bought the new book Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton.  For me the book is a fresh approach to designing woven textiles, mostly because I've been immersed in weave structures...drafts, tie-ups, treadling sequences.  So I was in need of a broader perspective.  Toward the back of the book there is a whole section on textured cloth including a section on making horizontal pleats.  So I've been sampling:

It's essentially double weave.  The ground cloth is plain weave on two shafts and the pleat cloth is threaded as a straight draw on 6 shafts.  I'm using the second warp beam for the pleat warp....I can't imagine doing this without a second warp beam, but I'm sure some determined soul could probably do it.  The fun part is that all of the 6 shaft twills and satin structures are available for the pleat fabric.  All of the yarns are 8/2 rayon. 

I'm not sure what practical use this fabric will be.  It depends on how it washes up.  But is sure has been fun to play with. 

I hope you are having as much summer fun!


  1. Thanks so much for that link! I saw a similar bag and have been trying to find directions but everything was for the traditional knotted Furoshiki. Can't wait to give it a try!!


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