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Playing with Crackle

Southwest GlintOn the loom is a 4 harness crackle weave scarf. Crackle weave is a tied weave, where a tabby shot follows a pattern shot. For the tabby I’m using a metallic covered thread to add some sparkle. The picture doesn’t show the sparkle well.

Ideas from the book “A Crackle Weave Companion” by Lucy M. Brusic was used to help create this design. She shows how to use traditional crackle threading, with treadling from a different crackle pattern to create a new design. With Fiberworks I combined a threading from ” A Handweavers Pattern Book” by Marguerite Davison and used a threading from another crackle pattern in that book. When designing with Fiberworks I often don’t view the pattern with the tabby inserted, which are the tie-down threads. This lets me look at the over-all design better. When I weave the tabby would be added. To give a sturdier cloth.


The first scarf woven on this warp is above. As I was weaving this scarf  my mind was having a Senior moment, so the tabby was not added after the pattern threads. Half way through weaving it struck me that crackle weave is done with a tabby thread woven after each pattern thread. Oh my, lucky for me the floats were not long.  So on this warp two distinctly different scarves were woven.

Crackle weave sampler

Crackle weave was one of the structures my weaving study group choose to investigate this year. Two  recently published books on Crackle weave, gave new interest to this old weave structure. In one of these books, A Crackle Weave Companion by Lucy M. Brusic, there is an example of a sampler to use in exploring crackle weave. Since I do not own this book I went to one of my own weaving books.

Crackle Weave is discussed on pages 130-135.

Crackle Weave is discussed on pages 130-135.

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon, shows many examples of 4 harness crackle weave. The section on crackle weave is on pages 130-135. Using these weave designs I created a sampler. Four different crackle patterns across, with each pattern repeated multiple times to better show the design.  Each of the 4 pattern blocks has a different warp color. There were 12 different treadlings used, with the weft color changed for each treadling. Each treadling is repeated  at least 2 times. The sampler has 36 different designs. 21 of these designs are found in The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. Samplers are a good way to see a variety of designs from a family of similar type weaves. An added bonus was trying different color combinations and size of weft yarns.