|Posted by Tonyascutebydesign on April 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM|
In my weaving fiber journey, I have had the pleasure of working with lots of different types of looms, and different types of weaving. Floor looms, Jack looms, 2 harness, 4 harness, 8 harness, table looms, frame looms, backstrap looms, peg looms..you name it. I have learned so much about how they work and the best way to set them up and use them.
Yarns too have presented a learning curve to go right along with the looms. Wool, Cotton, Silk, Acrylic, Nylon, The different weights, different combinations, and how the size and spacing effect the look and handle of the piece. I learned about spinning my own yarns and that gave me a deeper understanding of the best use of the fiber, how to make a good weaving yarn vs a good knitting yarn. If I wanted drape or stiffness, Thick fabric for blankets, or thin fabric for garments.
I found I didn't like making fabric, and I didn't like sewing for anything! But I did like drawing, and I loved pictures. So I started working on tapestries.
Back to the drawing board.-what kind of loom did I ike best? I tried floor looms and peg looms but one was too low, and complicated to set up, and the other didn't hold warp tension well. I settled on frame looms. I started by making 1x1's out of PVC and quickly wanted something bigger. I kept researching and found out about all the ways people weave tapestries, on high warp and low warp looms, giant peg looms, and frame looms as well as things that look like floor looms turned on it's cloth beam! But with some experience, I stayed with what's called a High warp loom, or even a Goblein loom. A frame with leashes.
Next I started playing with techniques and materials-weaving 1x1 vs 2x2 warps, different spacings needed different yarn sizes, using roving as an accent, creating texture, twining, hatching and shading, outlining, following a drawing vs freehand. Navajo techniques, wool vs cotton, handspun vs commercial. I honestly like to use commercial yarns in wools in a 1x1 method unless I'm going for an effect. Cotton is not as flexible and kind of hard on the hands as a warp, as a weft the yarns can be too clean. They don't blend as well as a fuzzy wool but they do show colors nicely. Mixed they can give an advancing receding effect.
So we're looking at frame looms, wool warp and weft, using lots of different techniques for effects. And now Ladies and Gentlemen, my next step...
Yup! I have been lerning to see colors differently, lights darks and shades over the last few months and using the techniques have been trying to duplicate them. Only with limited success. So I have been studying tapestries close up and learning some of their secrets. I have worked with colors interlocking and overlapping, now we will try weft bundling. Mulitple strands of color inthe same weft. Wish me luck.It's hard to make your brain see what is really there, since it's been blending things almost all your life. Just another way to slow down. This month I hope to start a color diary. This month the color idea will be the graded effect of adding one strand of a different color to a 4 strand bundle until the entire bundle is the added color. 4/0 -3/1 -2/2 -1/3 -0/4 .
Actually this can be used with dying roving to get the graded effect some of you have been asking about.