This is the trial sample for the 2006 16’s Complex Weavers exchange.
Warp – 8/2 reeled silk – bright pink / silk boucle space dyed
Weft – 20/2 Silk
Sett – 24 EPI, Woven – 24 PPI – Repeat – 156 ends, 268 picks
I began my design with a zig-zag type of line and then used the parallel repeat feature of PCW. I then drew a line for the treadling and added tabbies. I determined the sett based on what would be considered a firm twill for both of the warp yarns. I would have preferred to use a 30/2 silk for the weft which gives a nicer hand, as I found in my first sampling, but I didn’t have enough of the colour I liked for the samples so used the heavier silk and mercerized cotton which i had on hand in similar colours. I found that both the colour and grist of the weft yarn changed the look and feel of the fabric considerably.
The boucle yarn for warp I had previously dyed myself in pale rainbow colours, but I found that it had a stripey look which dominated the fabric. I used Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paint to over-paint the warp ( this was heat set with an iron before washing the samples). I was reminded that the parallel threading did not have a true tabby to easily lift the stripey ends, so hand picked the boucle onto a stick which I placed behind the heddles and left that in place at the back roller. To paint the warp in sections as I wove it forward I turned the pickup stick upright and placed a light piece of plastic covered cardboard under the warp ends, painted and blow dried the damp ends. I painted the blue on lightly so there is would be some colour variation left.
Turned Taquete sources:
Bonnie Inouye, EXPLORING MULTISHAFT DESIGN, CHAPTER 8
Nancy Peck, Complex Weavers Journal, 2001 p. 4 “Cross Border Weavers “Focus
on Units’ Project.
Alice Schlein, “Reversible Rug with Network Drafting”, WEAVERS 42, p. 70
Lucille Crighton, “Turned Taquete by Design” WEAVERS 27 page 30
Betsy Blumenthal, “One-Shuttle Wonderful”, Weavers 12, p. 18
Brenda Smith, “Night-Sky Vest”, WEAVERS 39, p. 50.
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