Weave

The red and blue weaves are from the first two days of weave. I like the basic nature of them, almost a reliable feeling. The colouring is obviously not completely right as I wanted to focus on the yellow and blue from my print vat dyes. However, it was a good start.

The next few days I tried to adapt the typical weave to make something interesting. Most of the samples didn’t turn out very well, hence why they are not featured.

However, the yellow and blue sample shown above was my last sample. I was focusing on the wavy motifs featured within my swatchbook, taken from my knit sample and my stitch pieces. I was looking at the way my fabrics twisted round each other from stitch. I was also thinking about integrating the yellow and blue in the way they combined with the dyeing process. Although, obviously its not a smooth integration, I like the effect the two colours have alongside each other.

To do this sample I used the looping effect shown in a previous post that was found when researching. This technique was really interesting for me as it allowed me to carry on plain weave but add something different to the pattern.

I also had wanted to create quite a thin weave due to the silky texture of my blue yarn. Within the last weave this is evident.

You can see within the sample on the left that I have tried to add texture to my samples. This was attempted again in the third sample shown. Although they did not have the desired effect, I can see potential within the technique. I personally, did not like the visible warp threads almost couching the yarn.

In a previous post I spoke about burning the yarn before threading it through the warp threads. This was attempted on the sample on the left but the effect was pretty null, making it return to normal yarn. I always aimed to burn into the weaves when I had finished to give the same effect as the items within my box. However, in complete honesty, I could not burn into these samples. Having spent hours on them, it just seemed wrong, although, if I was to do weave again then I would create a plain weave piece to burn into for that purpose.

During weaving, I really struggled with finding the right amount of weft yarn so as not to unravel mid way through the warps, but also to last long enough. This did become quite frustrating on a bad day but I was able to grasp the technique by the end of the weeks.

Although many of my samples did not go to plan, I loved the technique of weave. It was incredibly therapeutic. Despite this, I found the setting up of the looms to be a tedious task and know that was only the half of it. Having mentioned my lack of patience in other posts, I believe that is sufficient reason to be put off weave as a specialism.

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