Category Archives: Deflected Double Weave

My Convergence 2018

View from Peppermill Hotel room of mountains, just try to ignore the aircondioning units on roof. This was as close as I got to these mountains.

Of the 3 seminars I took my favorite was by Inge Dam; “Borders and Selvages Inspired by Ancient Techniques”. This was not a hands on class, but tables were set-up so she could demonstrate how tablet weaving can be done on edges and within a woven piece. She was very sharing of the knowledge she has attained.

Fashion show garment. Second place in Fashion show.
By Inge Dam

Close-up of tablet weaving done within the fabric.

Collapse Deflected Double weave was another seminar I took. Denise Kovnat shared a wealth of DDW samples and drafts. The collapse occurs by using an active and non-active yarn or a yarn that shrinks and one that doesn’t.

A fun activity was the Fabulous MGM Costumes. A historical look at MGM shows and costumes.

We were able to see many different costumes, including shoes and headgear. Some costumes were more revealing than others. All the crystals were Swarovski, making them heavy as well as expensive. In today’s world these costumes would have been to costly to make.

Convergence was a whirlwind of classes, art exhibits, and special events. The keynote speaker: Jason Collingwood gave a humorous look at his weaving life story. Attendees were very open and sharing. After viewing all that creativity during the conference the question is how will it be applied to my own work.

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Geometric Scarves

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This scarf combines deflected double weave and plain weave creating bold geometric shapes. The pattern is quite different on the front and back.  8/2 tencel yarn in colors: Ming blue, shale and olive is used for the warp and the weft yarns. My last scarves woven with deflected double weave were the “Picasso inspired, Black and White”, written about in an earlier post.  After weaving those scarves I had a small amount of warp remaining on the loom, which was used for sampling. This sample was used for creating the pattern for the “Geometric Scarves”.

geometric b4 wet finishThe second picture shows the scarf off the loom but not yet wet finished. Wet finishing allows the yarns to shift or deflect. The tencel yarn also shrinks tightening up the weave structure of the fabric. This will be all for the deflected double weave pattern weaving. I need variety to keep from getting bored so the next  weaving will be an undulating twill.

Picasso inspired scarves cont’d

black & white

scarf 1

The Black and White Inspired by Picasso scarves have been woven and finished. In a previous post, I shared a picture of the scarf 1 as it was being woven on the loom. The fun part of weaving deflected double weave is that on wet finishing of the piece the yarn will shift. Since one type of yarn is used there will be equal shrinkage thru out the piece. These scarves are woven of 8/2, 100% tencel yarn in 3 colors, black, white and gray.

Deflected Double weave 2

Scarf 2

After weaving the first scarf I decided to play with the weft treadling as well as color repeats. This second scarf was beat firmer, giving a thicker scarf. I’m having so much fun playing with the deflected double weave, that I’ve begun weaving another set of scarves using a different pattern. Click on the scarf photos to go to a higher magnification where the image is clearer.

Black and White Inspired by Picasso

Inspired by Picasso exhibit Black and White

Inspired by Picasso exhibit Black and White

The Museum Fine  Art Houston now has on exhibit Picasso Black and White. Viewing others art can be an inspiration in one’s own work. In this case I chose to design a scarf using three of the colors most seen in this exhibition, black, white, and gray. I also wanted to have a larger scale pattern. The pattern used in weaving this scarf is  a deflected double weave. It is woven using eight harnesses. When the scarf is removed from the loom and washed the yarns will relax and shift or deflect. It will be a while before this is woven off and finished. I’ll post a picture of the completed scarf then. This pattern boldly shows off the monochromatic scheme. Thank you Picasso for the inspiration.