Some samples get a new life as lovely wall hangings. In addition to my bookmarks, these will also be on sale during MICA’s Annual Art Market. December 9-12, 10am to 6pm in the Brown Center.
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Suplementary weft: to add in weft separate from or in addition to the given weft. As you can see, in the weaving above I have alternately supplemented the weft of the tabby (far right), the actual weave structure, both simutaneously (the middle section), and in place of the weft (the bright green to the left of the photograph is woven without interruption of the regular weft, forcing the regular shots of plain weave to curve slightly around the shape after I completed the shape and resume regular shots of plain weave…easier done than said). This sample is for a much larger piece that I’m hoping to complete, the proposal for which was e-mailed out earlier this evening. So, more details to come. For now, enjoy the layers of color, pattern, and structural interruptions:
For my costume design class, our first assignment was a sewing test, given to evaluate our skill and craft with patterns and sewing. The test was to complete a miniature version of a dress, and while mine isn’t perfect, I worked so hard to make it as perfect as my little heart could.
These images are from a small sample I did for my weaving class in preparation for our final. Because I completed a full double cloth sampler last semester, this semester I was asked to focus on dimensional weaving, or the stuffing of woven pockets during the creation of the cloth.
Double Cloth is a process in which two planes of cloth are woven simultaneously. Don’t ask me how, it’s magic. With this process, through the use of different treadle tie-ups, one can weave tubes, pockets, and seams in the middle of the cloth or on either side (in this way, one can weave a piece of cloth that is twice as wide as the loom by weaving a seam on the right or left which can then be opened up once taken off the loom). One can also do pick-up, which is the selective weaving of chosen threads to create a pictoral work. This sample was woven using pickup, and each green space is a pocket, some of which are stuffed.
I fondly call this sample Rather Strange Little Shrubberies.
Approximately 24″ x 24″ in cotton. Three hours of weaving. My weaving class this semester is Color and Pattern, so this piece of cloth was a begining technical exercise in dyeing and manipulating pattern (see my related post on dyeing and documenting skeins). I’m extremely pleased with my colors and the gradiation of the value scale, as well as the finishing of the ends and the overall weight and quality of the cloth. The pattern frustrated me somewhat, because the reverse of the cloth is more telling of the original draft (though I did pretty much making up the treadling sequence, there are still elements of the twill I began with) and is thus more weft faced, therefore not being as true of a representation of the value scale. This side, though technically the back of the cloth, clearly shows the blocks of color in a much more satisfactory manner.
Next is a project similar to my Ikat project from first semester. I will be painting my warp, but the weft entries are more open in regard to how we acquire the color. The assignment is to track a color over a month, and instead of taking pictures, write about it in this blog. I’m ordering my bamboo today (yes, I simply must work in bamboo) and I will start blogging my color tonight. I plan on tracking my Ikat process more closely this time, so look forward to photographs and simple explanations, as well my blog posts regarding the color I choose and other miscellaneous posts from my non-weaving related work.
This post is unrelated to the assignment at hand, but I think it serves as a solid introduction to the blog (and makes a pretty colorful test post). Our woven imagery class set out to learn thirteen weaves (there being thirteen students in the class) so each loom housed one weave. We each wove one 8″x8″ sample per loom, and here are my results!