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?

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6 responses to “Crimp Weave workshop

  1. Beautiful examples of the technique.

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  2. What an intriguing process! It’d be interesting to see what projects this could be incorporated into. The fabric could make an “insulated” vest or jacket in addition to scarves.

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    • Jean, Dianne had wonderful examples of vests, jackets, and even a slinky top she had made. The process lends itself to ll different types of fibers and different weights. It is intriguing. Click on her name and it will take you to her site.

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  3. I’d love to take a weaving workshop and get some more intense training. Your experience sounds like such fun, and so productive!

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