Andean Pebble Weave Progress
Warp and weft – a mixture of mercerized cottons of approx. 5/2 weight and crochet cotton, Cronita. I ust noticed the brown and white are both the opposite twist to the 5/2 weaving cotton yarn.
I think I am doing this correctly and it looks good on both sides. Without the e-monograph by Laverne Waddington I certainly wouldn’t be this far along or anywhere at all.
One big error was miscounting as I warped so that I have 21 pattern ends as well as an extra white end. So to work with the problems I am drafting the patterns I want to use onto a different grid, which is all good exercise anyway! This means that some of the patterns don’t centre properly. The extra ground warp I just have to ignore. I am weaving this on an inkle loom and it is very easy to work the pattern picks. I am not sure if i can insert pebble shed heddles in the small space on the inkle, but I don’t think so.
I have three other books which all have directions for Andean Pebble Weave – Byways in Hand-weaving, Atwater; Inkle Weaving, Helene Bress; and Double Woven Treasures, Cahlander. I have not yet deciphered instructions from two of the books, even after having woven the structure with Laverne’s directions. The Cahlander book I am now beginning to understand somewhat. I am very glad of Laverne’s clear, logical instructions with proper photos of the steps.
One thing I noticed in the Bress photos, the woven structure looks different to what I am weaving. Is there more than one way to weave this and is that why I cannot make headway with those instructions? Has anyone else figured out these instructions?
Edit: I have now been told that there are a number of similar looking weaves that have the name “pebble” in them, but they are quite disimilar in the way they are woven. Yeh! I am not going crazy trying to make apples and oranges the same.