Saturday, September 3, 2011

Overshot and Other Pattern Weaving

Overshot and other pattern weaving have been a fascination to me over the years as there are so many possibilities for design and use. I've posted a few pictures here of some of my pattern weaving.

If in doubt about what treadling option will work for your project, beam a warp from 3 to 5 yards and at least 3 repeats (to see what pattern shows up between repeats) and try lots of treadling options. The "snippets" shown below are from 2 Crackle samplers that I wove during Teaching and Learning through Correspondence/HGA with Mimi Smith. References are given of whom I have knowledge.

This is a portion of an 8-shaft sampler I wove. The warp was 3 yards long. You will note the long floats of a few options; it's good to know what doesn't work as well as what will.

This is one of my favorites from the 8-shaft sampler and is Classic Crackle/Susan Wilson. It would have had more pizzazz if I had treadled all 8 blocks.

This was toward the end of the 4-shaft sampler. It is Italian Style/Nancy Lyons.

Classic Crackle/Susan Wilson from the 4-shaft sampler.

Classic Crackle/Susan Wilson from the 4-shaft sampler.

Two-block/Opposites-Type Treadling from the 4-shaft sampler.

Honeycomb Fashion/Barbara Miller from the 4-shaft sampler. I learned this option during 1994 TLC/Overshot with Barbara.

Two different Polychrome blocks/Mary Snyder from the 4-shaft sampler.

Summer and Winter/Mary Snyder from the 4-shaft sampler.

Italian Fashion/Barbara Miller from the 4-shaft sampler.

Changes in the Sizes of Blocks/Mary Snyder from the 4-shaft sampler.

Polychrome/Barbara Miller/Susan Wilson from the 4-shaft sampler.

This is a pillow top I wove several years ago; it was one of my first attempts at using several colors in pattern weaving. You can see that the method I used is a "cheap" way of doing it. I soon found out it is far more effective to blend as in the Flourishing Wave wallhanging below. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. We often learn more from "mistakes" than when things turn out exactly as planned. And, there was enough hand dyed, value graded yarns left from this project to contribute to the project below. 

The warp and tabby is 10/2 perle cotton in solid moss green. The pattern wefts are 5/2 hand dyed value-graded perle cotton in 4 values of plum. From the right side of the picture, I threaded the left side of the blooming leaf twice and then threaded the right side of the leaf twice and treadled as written. I used the same reversal in threading in the star ornament below in order to accent the star. It is fun to move motifs around or thread and treadle a sample with at least repeats in order to see what goes on between the motifs. Then, enlarge or miniaturize or try different treadlings. If miniaturizing, pay close attention to blocks you reduce so as not to compromise the integrity of the design.

Flourishing Wave threading/tromp as writ treadling - Warp and tabby is 10/2 perle cotton in value-graded commercially-dyed blacks and grays. This was the second in a series so, therefore, squared. The pattern wefts are 5/2 hand dyed value-graded perle cotton in 2 hues, 4 values each. The interesting thing about it that does not show up too well in the picture is that I began warping on the far left in black and moved all the way to silver on the right and the same with tabby. The value-graded pattern wefts move from dark at the bottom to light at the top so that the bottom left corner is the darker, more intense corner and the top right is the lighter, less intense corner.

This is a Lee's Surrender runner that is on the gallery page. Warp and tabby are 10/2 perle cotton. Pattern weft is wool. This, too, is tromp as writ but very traditional. I think these first two show the wide range of overshot just in tromp as writ, 4-shaft.

The picture of "Orange Blossom Special" is a little distorted as it was taken from a slide. This is another tromp as writ treadling woven on a Wahoo Blossom threading. The warp and tabby are an olive drab 10/2 perle cotton with 8 or 9 colors of 5/2 perle cotton as pattern weft. As you can tell, the pattern is not squared but it does not necessarily have to be in contemporary overshot weaving.

White House Blue Room Christmas tree ornament, 1999 - This was cut from the center of 4 intersecting leaf motifs for each side, then sewn and stuffed with hand twisted cord. 20/2 perle cotton warp and tabby and 10/2 perle cotton pattern weft.

Wheel of Fortune runner - This was woven for Carrie Ledlow's future bridal table. She was 7 years old when I wove this. 20/2 perle cotton warp and tabby/linen pattern weft.

Crackle Shawl - This was threaded in a Crackle/pointed twill fashion and woven off tromp as writ. The warp and pattern weft are black 8/2 tencel® with alternating tabbies of red purple and ruby 8/2 tencel®. The interesting thing about it that doesn't show up in the picture is that the pattern blocks appear to be navy and the shawl is iridescent; depending on the direction it is seen, it will appear to be red purple, navy, black or ruby. It originally was going to be a Crackle beach towel woven off with hand painted cotton chenille and became a shawl on the loom.

Summer and Winter runner - This is a runner I wove several years ago and in a private collection. The structure is summer and winter with blocks of different sizes both in warp and weft. The warp and tabby are black silk noil. The weft is hand dyed, space-dyed silk bombyx.

Next up - Weaving Treadling Options

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