exceedingly subtle blocks

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Can you see them?

In order to try and wring as much pattern as possible from my 8-shaft Delta I settled on two blocks of 3-end twill for my ground cloth, leaving shafts 7 and 8 for the tie-down warp. At the time of the planning, I was thinking of a scarf with some inlay at either end, but in the slow process of setting it up I have become more inclined towards a series of samplers which could be mounted and framed.

As I didn’t know the yarn count for the merino and have never woven a 3-end twill before, I had the fun of calculating the sett by formula* and came up with 25 epi. That was slightly annoying as I could easily do 24 epi in a 12 dent reed or 28 epi in a 14 dent reed, but 25 epi is a bit more like hard work! However, I decided to follow the formula exactly and, sure enough, it is weaving to square in a very satisfactory manner.

The difference between a 2/1 and a 1/2 twill, however, is exceedingly subtle and all the more so because I am using my warp yarn as weft. My plan is very simple — to have a background of squares and rectangles with other squares and rectangles inlaid over them — and I am not sure how visible the background squares need to be. I’ve just started trying an alternative weft yarn so that I can compare. The reed marks from the 2/3 sleying don’t help — it will be interesting to see what it’s like off the loom. I would quite like an aspect of the design that is only seen from some angles and not from others, but I would like it to be seen!

The silk inlaid at the top right there is the same as the yarn I sent to Meg for her project, but it is proving a bit too thick for this cloth — you can see how the ground weft is not beating down as far in that section. The whiter silk yarn (spun from a silk cap, if I remember rightly) is a better size and the lurex is fine enough not to be completely overwhelming.

*The formula I used is the one where sett = (R x W)/(R + I), where W =wraps per inch, R = number of ends in a threading repeat and I = number of intersections in a threading repeat

exceedingly subtle blocks” was posted by Cally on 26 Feb 2012 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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8 Responses

  1. Dorothy Stewart
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    This is really looking beautiful and has taken some serious planning ! The samples will look stunning framed and displayed. The workshop with Jan has obviously been very good !

  2. Alice
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    I think it’s a great plan. I love this sort of puzzle. The contrast in your 2/1 twill blocks will show up more after finishing – carry on!

  3. Margreet
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    great idea to change plans and make it samples for framing, I like what I see so far

  4. Bonnie Inouye
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    Try one sample with a weft not exactly the same as the warp. Twill blocks usually show because warp-emphasis blocks are a different value/color than weft-emphasis blocks because warp is different from weft. Usually these are 3/1 and 1/3 twill. Using 2/1 and 1/2 twill gives a more subtle contrast. Using warp and weft of similar value gives a subtle contrast. With several small pieces, you can change wefts and see what happens.

    I like the images posted. Subtle background and strong gold, with nice proportions.


    • Cally
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      Funnily enough, that’s just what I have been doing! I used a mushroom-coloured silk for some of my test piece and it is quite effective. Having said that, I do quite like the super-subtlety of the white-on-white – it’s hanging up to dry at the moment….

      • Bonnie Inouye
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        Now I am eager to see both, when you have time for photos. My current piece on the loom is anything but subtle colors- as is your piece on your other loom! We are watching that square in the upper right corner, you know.

        • Cally
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          Oops! That square is experiencing a bit of a time lag…

  5. Trapunto
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    Creamy white wool glinting with gold. Classic! I love it reed marks and all.

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