Extended Crackle Weaves
Last fall when I began to make a few tea towels as gifts, I decided to try a Ralph Griswold extended crackle draft. I love the texture of crackle weave and thought it would make a great towel. To keep things simple (I was in a rush) I would use a one colour warp and various weft colours for each towel. I could play at the computer with drafts and colour for hours and not get around to weaving anything. The draft I chose looked like it might produce a nice grid like pattern of lights and darks with a nice texture to give some interest to the fabric. Being a tea towel warp I just went ahead with a full size warp, figuring the first towel would be the sample. I wove one towel, cut it off, washed it and didn’t think it was very interesting at all. I resleyed the warp. It wasn’t a total loss as I do have the one towel which does have a nice texture even if I don’t like the other aspects of it. I used 8/2 cotton for the warp at 20 epi with the same for weft. I might try this again using a heavier warp such as 6/2 cotton to bring out the texture of the weave and weave it all one colour. That might also sound boring to some, but to me sometimes cloth just looks better without the confusion of colour.
Title: Extended Crackle Weaves
Author: Ralph E. Griswold
Description: More Beautiful Algorithmically Generated Crackle Weaves, some of which have longer floats than traditional crackles.
4 ends for plain weave edges added