Category Archives: Rep Weave

Filling my Days

Like most of you I have plenty of time on my hands staying at home. Weaving, spinning, reading, counted cross stitch, e-mails, text messages, cooking and TV fill my days. Occasionally housework or yard work does too.

These 2 scarves were woven on the same painted warp yarn using different colored weft yarns. The pattern becomes lost in the multiple colored warp yarns for both scarves. The border pattern stands out better on the scarf with the royal blue weft yarn. One is not able to see the “Gone with the Wind “ pattern, a small 4 harness overshot by Bertha Hayes.

At the top of this post is a scarf being woven using the same pattern as the 2 with painted warps. Here the pattern is clearly visible. The contrast of the silver gray 10/2 bamboo warp and the black 10/2 bamboo weft with a white 16/2 bamboo tabby yarn allows this to occur. The strong contrast in colors makes the pattern stand out.

2 beaded counted cross stitch kits from Mill Hill. I’ve started a larger kit from them that won’t go as quickly, an “Autumn Basket”. To support a small business I’ve ordered 2 additional kits from Silver Needle in Tulsa, Ok.

In the last post “Revisiting Rep Weave” I showed this warp on the loom partially woven. One of the projects done on that warp was a wall hanging for a show that The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston was having that has been postponed due to Covid-19. To weave the above runner I removed some of that warp to have a proper width for a table runner.

Green beans planted behind bushes along the fence. The squirrels seem to like those tender plants. I planted another section between bushes along the back of the yard.

Like many of you I’ve been baking. The remaining Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I had not had this cake for years but had fond memories of my mother making.

Revisiting Rep Weave

Rep weave lends itself to bold graphic patterns.

In my WOW study group we have been studying profile drafts. The design chosen by my small group had 6 blocks. With a 12 shaft loom a 6 block rep weave could be produced. The weft has one thick and one thin thread.

Rep is a warp dominate weave. This means the threads per inch in the warp is large. (Double the number in a balanced plain weave for that yarn size.) The weft has one thick thread followed by one thin thread.

Spring flowers

Happy New Year! 2020

My year end project was making this table runner for my sister and husband who were married in August. Better a little late than never. I seemed to be running behind most of this year.

I continue in my 2nd term as president of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. It will be nice to finish my term in June and only have to have the title and jobs of Past President.

In the WOW study group we have been studying Profile drafts. We broke into smaller groups which each chose a profile draft to be woven in a weave structure appropriate for their loom. Since I have 12 shafts, rep weave was possible using our chosen profile draft above. So that is what needs to be accomplished in the next couple of months.

I’m working on towels with a color scheme that is out of my normal realm but colors being requested. The loom has been set-up and currently being woven. Weft colors may vary for additional towels in the warp length.

On a walk on Christmas Day at Cullen Park in Sugar Land, TX we came across this magnificent tree, covered in moss. It was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy with my daughter and husband.

Family for Christmas Eve. Even the grand-dog had to get in the picture.

They are so cute, but what would one do with them? They can’t be sheared for fleece. Comfort animals?

May you have a Happy 😊 and Prosperous New Year!

Finishing projects

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This chenille scarf is so soft and cuddly. It has wonderful texture and the black makes the colors pop. I only wish I had enough warp length to make two scarves and not just the one. The left over warp I wove off to make one or 2 small purses, yet to be assembled.

imageThis sewing kit I started in a HGA Convergence 2016 class “Books-Bags-Boxes and Beyond”, and finished at home. The rep fabric was woven by Lucienne Coifman. I added extra decorative stitching and beading for embellishment to personalize the kit.

I spent the past week at my sons home watching his dog while he has been on his honeymoon in Italy. I packed woven fabric and supplies to make purses, and bags for our guild sale in November. I cut out fabric and did partial assembly. Of course I did not bring along some key items needed for final assembly. So that will have to wait for my return home.

Same Warp Different Designs

Rep FlowersOk, I’ve been offline for a long time. Life got in the way. Some good and some bad , but  I’m going to try to get back in the groove of posting more often. These Rep weave pieces were woven with the warp from Rosalie Nielson’s workshop last October.( I don’t yet have another warp on that loom.) They were all done using the same tie-up. The different looks were created using treadling variations and weft differences. The first is a traditional rep weave, an original design. Applying the  design tools learned in Rosalie’s workshop made creating an original design a breeze.Cell Rep

This runner  does not have the thin weft in between each thick weft. It gives a totally different look. The weft is also half the thickness as the traditional rep runner. Below is a close up of a sample piece with this technique.

Rep close up

I’ll close with these Spring flowers from a recent trip to the Dallas Arboretum.

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Simple things

Rag coasters

Weaving simple works when one can’t weave on your floor loom. These rag weave coasters were woven on a 2 harness peacock table loom. They will be gifted to a neighbor whose dog ate their last coasters.

Rep-weave

I’ve started to weave on the remaining warp from the Rosalie Neilson workshop I took in October. I’ve designed a new runner with what I learned in the workshop. When the rep weave runner is off the loom and hemmed I’ll share the final results. The runner is woven but there is still another yard of warp I want to weave. With any luck the weaving will be completed yet this week.
2015 Red Amaryllis

This red Amaryllis bought in the after Christmas sales is now blooming, brightening up this gray overcast day.

Autumn Rep Runner

imageThe completed Autumn inspired runner  is from the Rosalie Neilson weaving workshop I took last month.  The runner will be gracing my dining room table at Thanksgiving. Of course once all the food is placed on the table it maybe hard to see.  There will be the traditional turkey with all the extras, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, cranberry sauce, and yeast rolls, followed up by pumpkin pie. We’ll be hosting my daughter and her boy friend. My son and his fiancé will be at her families dinner.

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The remaining two motifs woven were published in the previous post, “Designing with Rep Weave.”

Little oranges

The bounty from our little orange tree. The top of the tree suffers from freezing last winter. Yet it produced 10 oranges much better than last years crop of zero. May you all enjoy the bounty and fellowship of Thanksgiving.

Designing with Rep Weave

Design 1 for Rep Table runner.

Design 1 for Rep Table runner.

Hard to believe that over a week ago I was taking my second workshop from  Rosalie Neilson.

Rosalie Neilson's program for Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Guild meeting, Oct. 2015

Rosalie Neilson’s program for Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Guild meeting , Oct. 2015

We have set up our looms to weave  tables runners. There will be enough warp to weave 11 different motifs. I plan to do 2 table runners, not one long one.

Tied on and ready to weave.

Tied on and ready to weave.

Rosalie teaches a new method of designing for rep weave Her tools and techniques can be applied to other block weaves. With my 8 shaft loom I have 4 blocks available for designing. There are a mind boggling 1,024 possibilities of combinations. ( There is a future book that Rosalie will publish on these design techniques. One of these will definitely find it’s way into my weaving library.)

Another rep motif  woven

Another rep motif woven  

My color scheme was inspired by pumpkins. Two motifs down and 9 to go!

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.

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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. .