Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another sample of curves

I'm still playing with my warp. I like to share one sample showing the difference in treadling in the same tie-up.
Here is the draft made in Fiberworks. I've added numbers 1 to 4 in so that I can show the different parts of this sample in photos below. Numbers 1 and 3 are their opposites, number 1 is woven from 1 to 24 (to the right) and number 3 is woven from 24 to 1 (to the left).
Numbers 2 and 4 are woven zigzag.
Number 2 is a zigzag from left to right and back again (24 to 1 to 24 to 1) but in number 4 the zigzags goes halfway, turning at 12.
I hope the drawing makes it easier to understand.
I like how part 4 has come out.

This is the woven sample, number 1 at bottom and 4 at the top. And I've cut them in parts to better show the differences (I hope)
Part 1 and 3:
Part 2 and 4:
The last photo is part 4, where the zigzag went halfway (or broken) like this:
You can see that the figures are different from part 3 where the zigzag went from left to right and back again like this:
The tie-up looks like this:
It is fun to discover that you can have long floats in the weaving and that it is ok! I still have some warp left to go on playing.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Some more weaving.... this time curves

Now, when was it that I last was weaving I wonder.
I still have more of this warp on the loom. Since that post I have woven more samples, one I like is this one:
It was a long pattern to weave and I was short of the peg bars, so I just changed the pegs after 40 wefts. I think I had to change about 7 times to get the above woven. But I wanted to see how this design came out in weaving.

But now I'm weaving curves! Before today I just could not get the design right, far to long the floats were, but today it just went fine. Hurray!
First I used the same weft yarn that I have been using with this warp so far, very much the same thickness as the warp. Next, I used a much thinner yarn, and last a cotton chenille yarn that is much thicker than the warp yarn. Here is the sample with a repeat of 3 for each weft yarn:
And the back looks like this:
This last photo was guess work as I could not see what I was doing. But you can see the difference between front and back. Once the warp is of the loom there should be better pictures but I could not wait to see how the back looks.

Next on the list is play backwards and forward with the weft as I've now woven straight 1-24 times 3.
Something like this:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Blackbird (and cat)

I came across this lovely blackbird made out of inner bicycle tubing.
Scruffy had to have a look too.
Handmade by someone, I really like this bird.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

New Designers 2010

Last Friday I went to New Designers in London. I had never been before and it was amazing to see so much young talent in one place. One thing that struck me was that Surface Design was very popular. As a weaver I was looking out for the weaving on show and was not disappointed. I did not have a lot of time to look around and it was very very hot there, so I might have missed part of it but what I saw was good. I saw most weaving at the stands of Farnham University for the Creative Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Loughborough University. Bradford HNC Fashion and Textiles Design students were also able to participate for the first time here, not setting a precedent for next year as there is not going to be a next year!! This very popular 2 year part time course has stopped mainly due to financing. It was nice to meet up with some of the students. At the Bradford BA stand I saw a familiar face. Graham was the technician in the weaving shed at Bradford when I went there for my HNC course, so very surprised to find him there as a BA (hons) Art & Design graduate, specialising in knitting and surface design. What a nice surprise and I really liked what he had made.
There is also a section at the show called "One Year On" and there was this amazing Jewellery Designer Victoria Walker. Do have a look at here work, it is so unusual, I'd love to own a piece. Another non textile designer that I liked was silversmith Niki Byrne. She does not have a website but I found two sites where she is mentioned.
All in all, a few hours well spent.

I was only in London for the weekend, spending 2 out of 3 days travelling with Eurostar. I must say I do prefer this to flying as you do not have all the hassle that flying entails these days.