For an article I’m writing, I need to weave a couple of quick samples, all in different structures, from the same profile draft, and about 4-5 inches square (they’re destined to be mug rugs). Â For efficiency, I wanted to get as many structures as possible from the same threading. Â All structures had to be weavable on eight shafts or less.
This was a bit of a challenge. Â Finally, after much pondering, I figured out how to get a bunch of different structures from the same threading: use a very dense sett, and weave double weave, rep, and two layers of turned twill on the same threading! Â Rep weave and double weave both require about a sett 2x Â denser than plain weave; I might have to re-sley between samples, but the difference isn’t profound enough to require a totally different warp (i.e., I only have to beam on once). Â Two layers of turned twill would require a slightly denser set, but again, not enough to force me to rewarp. Â That would give me three structures, plenty for my article. Â Rep weave is weavable on four shafts, double weave and turned twill on eight shafts – perfect!
So I spent this morning figuring Â out the correct threading and tie-up for the three drafts. Â Because I wanted to thread only once, I had to work out a threading that would be compatible with all three structures. Â I wound up using a sixteen-shaft threading (two blocks of 8 shafts apiece). Â Then I worked out the tie-ups (rather fiddly work!), and now I have three drafts that ought to work. Â Tonight I’m going to cut the Autumn Splendor sample (which was failing drastically – breaking four or five warp threads on the left side with every half-inch or so; need to troubleshoot that later) off the loom and start warping up for the new draft. Â I’m hoping to have it woven and off the loom by this weekend, so I can start warping up The Big Huge Gynormous Warp (37 yards of 60/2 silk).
And here is a photo of the colors I plan to use in for my mug rugs:
These are from Lunatic Fringe Yarns, which specializes in spectrum colors for people weaving color gamps. Â They had 1.5-ounce cones, which are perfect for small projects, so I didn’t have to buy full 1-pound cones. Â (If you’re wondering why I didn’t dye my own, it’s because the yarns have to be commercially available – can’t expect readers to custom-dye their own!)
The colors in the center will be the warp colors (hence the colors for the warp rep sample); the colors to the side are to be used as the colors for double weave wefts. Â I will probably use yet another pair of colors for the turned twills.
In all, I plan to weave five samples:
- rep weave – gold and fuchsia
- double weave – gold and fuchsia warp and weft
- double weave – gold warp/orange weft, fuchsia warp/purple weft
- two layers of turned twill – gold warp/green weft, fuchsia warp/turquoise weft (will be two separate samples)