Category Archives: 8 harness weave

Treadle Envy

Bateman Blend CCW

When looking through sample books from Cross Country Weavers, I found myself having  treadle envy. I’m sure your asking yourself what could she possibly be talking about. My loom has 8 harnesses and 10 treadles.  The sample that I found myself interested in weaving needed 7 harnesses ( no problem) . Alas, it used 11 treadles.  A couple of years earlier I had designed a piece needing more treadles than I possessed.  Here  Tim’s Treadle Reducer program comes to the rescue.  You enter in the shafts, and treadles in the original design, and the number of shafts and treadles on your loom.

TreadlereducerClick on ” Make a grid” , to go to next step below: Entry

Treadle Reducer Entry                            Treadle Reducer results

In reducing the number of treadles needed to weave the design, treadling becomes more involved. At times you need to depress two treadles at the same time. A small price to pay to weave more complex designs.

This program has allowed me to begin weaving a scarf inspired by a sample by Sally Orgren in Cross Country Weavers, March 2008, using  a  Bateman Blend  pattern. The photo at the top, shows what will become the backside of my scarf. So follow the blog to see the finished scarf in a future post.

Crimp Weave workshop

Crimp bamboo poly sewing

Crimp weave sample

In January I attended Dianne Totten‘s Crimp  Weave Workshop put on by the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston  Guild.

My loom was setup to do weft Shibori which meant I needed to use a polyester or Orlon yarn in the weft to create crimp cloth. These two types of yarn are heat sensitive. The warp could be any fiber I wanted to use.  I used a teal 10/2 bamboo with a few stripes of silver 8/2 Tencel. The threading was an advancing twill.  As a workshop the point is to try to weave as many samples as possible. After the samples are woven and taken off the loom,the pattern threads are pulled tightly up. Next the piece is steamed, and pattern threads are removed. The result is crimp cloth, fabric with permanent texture.

Sample on loom.  Black threads are pattern pull threads.

Sample on loom.
Black threads are pattern pull threads.

Samples above were made during workshop. Different yarn types, sizes and combinations of yarns were used in weft to create the samples. The possibilities are endless.  Now what weave structure to try next?

Shawls to Mobius

Mobius Purple Wool

If your tired of shawls falling off your shoulders an alternative is to make a Möbius Shawl. The trick is to twist the shawl once than stitch one end to the side of the other end. This really is just a fancy poncho, with softer draping of fabric in the front. The technique works well for lighter weight shawls also.

These and many of my other weavings will be available at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Sale. The sale is in a new location this year. I’ll be working several of the days so drop by I’d love to see you.Guild Sale 2014

Rep Weave Workshop

Rep Weave- Warped faced

Rep Weave- Warped faced

My warp from the Rosalie Neilson‘s Rep Weave workshop put on by the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston guild, has been woven and is off the loom. It’s been a few years since I’ve woven Rep.
The workshop, “It’s in the Warp: Color& Design in Rep”, is  worth taking. Rosalie explained in a precise manner how this weave structure works. The 4 yd warp let one explore the design possibilities of this weave structure. Except for the trials caused by  the sticking harnesses on my 8 shaft Baby Mac loom this was a great workshop that I would highly recommend. Below are the pieces woven as I explored the possibilities of weaving rep.

Rep2
rep 3

Rep 4

Rep 5

Rep 6

You can see other workshop participants rep weaving by clicking on this link: http://weavehouston.org/reppin-with-rosalie/.  The 15 weavers could choose from different pattern  threadings  so there is a variety of Rep patterns produced. .

Coral Towel Variations

Coral towel variations

Coral towel variations

It’s fun to vary the weft yarn color when weaving multiple items on a long warp. By changing things up it helps when boredom sets in. The 5 1/2 yd warp gave me 5 towels. Three like the first towel in the picture and one of each of the others. This is an eight harness turned twill using cottolin yarns. I love the hand that cottolin gives a towel. Which color towel is your favorite?

Bits and pieces

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Began weaving another color way using the same turned twill setup for the previous  coral towels. These are probably my favorite colors to weave with. I just love a bright blue (royal blue).  These will be made with 22/2 cottolin, from my stash. Alas, there is very little of the purple and turquoise remaining after warping.

Doerte Weber I Belong, 2014 Mixed media, structural weaving

Doerte Weber
I Belong, 2014
Mixed media, structural weaving

Attended “Craft Texas 2014″ at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, on Saturday. This piece saddened but delighted me that an artistic use was found for some thing I use regularly to create art. The artist used two shafts or harnesses from a loom and numerous heddles which would normally hold the individual warp ends on a shaft to create this work of art.

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It’s getting harder and harder to walk at night with the sun beginning to set at 7:15pm  central time here in Texas. I’ll have to come up with a different time / place to walk soon.

Dispersed Dye Handwoven Shibori with a twist

Shibori dispersed dyed and Shiva paintI like to experiment and the two scarves in this blog use different techniques. The scarves were each hand woven using a black rayon yarn in both the warp and weft. A pattern yarn was woven in a twill pattern one pick every 6 ends. These pattern threads were later pulled and knotted along each selvage. At this stage the scarf is put  into a solution of bleach and water, to remove  or disperse the black dye. The scarves are allowed to dry. Now I began to experiment by applying Shiva paint stick to one side. The copper highlighted areas in the finished  scarf  above is Shiva paint.

Handwoven Shibori scarf after weaving. See the pattern threads.

Handwoven Shibori scarf after weaving. See the pattern threads.

Shibori dispersed dyed and over dyed
This scarf had Procion MX dye painted on one side of the scarf after dispersing the black dye from the rayon yarn this is done before the pattern threads are removed.  Experimenting is fun way to get new looking pieces.

Coral inspired towels

Coral Towel Currently being woven on the loom are Coral inspired towels. The above picture highlights the center of the towel. The border has already wrapped around the front beam. This is a turned twill or block twill, where one block has the warp yarns mostly on top and the next block has the weft yarns mostly on top. I’m weaving with a 22/2 cottolin yarns, sett at 24 ends/inch on 8 harnesses. Except for the border the weft yarn for this towel is a natural cottolin. Since I will being weaving 5 towels, I plan to use a different weft color in a couple. I can also play with block sizes which will help to make the weaving less boring. This is a favorite weave structure of mine for playing with blocks of color.
Juvenile Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen on my walk last night.

At last finished

2 Scarves one hand painted warp

2 Scarves one hand painted warp

It’s always amazing to see how different colors of yarn used in the weft with the same warp will change the end results. These scarves were both woven on the same painted warp. The weave structure used was a manifold twill. The painted warp yarn is an 8/2 Tencel dyed with Procion MX dyes. The weft yarns for each scarf are a 10/2 bamboo yarn. The weft yarns where from 2 different manufactures, XIE Bamboo for the turquoise scarf and Webs bamboo (This yarn has been discontinued) for the red-purple scarf. The Webs bamboo is less tightly spun, so has less shine to it. It was a good decision to unweave a large part of the Red-purple scarf. The end result is better. Now what to weave for the next project.

The Magnolia's blooms are so fragrant.

The Magnolia’s blooms are so fragrant.

Progress and decisions

Manifold Twill  weave

Manifold Twill weave

Color choices

Color choices

Decisions, decisions. I made one on weft color. Here were the finalists. From the Left: hand painted green teal, a salmon,  and a Nile green. I used a 20/2 silk yarn that was hand painted in the skein with two of the colors used in the warp alternating in multiple stripes around the skein. The non solid color warp seemed to soften the sharpness of the green in the warp.

The threading of the warp took longer than anticipated. The piece has border diamonds on each side. I miss calculated how to get the same border on each side. Resulting in the need to rethread half the width.  Should have spent more time with my weaving software.  Hope to have off the loom this week. More decisions will be made then on beads for fringe and how many. Happy weaving!