I’ve started to turn my mind towards my next project for the CW double weave study group. There are several different “themed” projects suggested for group members, to encourage us to try different approaches to double weave, and I started last year with deflected double weave as that was what many other group members were concentrating on. My effort took the form of this scarf in grey wool with tooty frooty coloured silk.
There’s no requirement to follow the projects in order, but doing so saves me from the need to make a choice! So the next one on the list is double weave using two different structures.
I have had a few different ideas for this, but some died once I realised how many shafts I would need. My current plan is therefore to use ye trustye 8-shaft echo weave as one of my structures and plain weave as the other. I could use something a little more exciting for structure two, but I want to have two blocks and am restricted to 16 shafts in total. So one layer will have a “block A” in echo weave (8 shafts) and a “block B” in plain weave (2 shafts) while the other layer has a “block A” in plain weave (2 shafts) and a “block B” in twill (4 shafts). The face of the finished piece will all be in twill while the reverse will be plain weave.
It sounds a bit complicated — and feels it at this stage! — but the planned result is simple enough… I just have to get to there from here. I have in mind that if it works out I may have the basis for a design I could enter into one of those shows coming up next year (not to mention a prototype which will make a handy Christmas present) but even if it is a disaster then it is still a useful study group project. That’s the good thing about study groups.
I’ve been working out a draft, and it’s a slow business. I’m thinking about the relative densities of the two layers, the way they are exchanged and other things which hurt my head. Right now, it looks plausible enough on the screen, so I’m going to make some calculations and choose some yarn from the stash. More on this to follow, no doubt.
Speaking of studying, there’s a lot of it in the air just now. Judy over at Fibres of Being has started the OCA textiles course and I am following her progress with interest. Plus I bumped into a relatively new blogger, Kyla, over at Keep me in Stitchez and she’s pursuing a very intensive course of study which seems to include every fibre technique under the sun — though, as is only to be expected, she has fallen head over heels in love with spinning and weaving. Who wouldn’t?