Last night’s weaving was a revelation to me. I’ve been doing a sampler in Summer and Winter and because I put on a 3 yard warp I decided I would weave a couple of runners with different treadling to help it all sink in. I have to admit I am such a novice weaver that until last night I had a slight grasp of what I was doing but truly didn’t really understand the structure. Last Sunday Pam held a class on drafting and we also had to do our own draw downs on graph paper. I am amazed at how hard I have to think to make the design part work. I’m sure that after I do this a while it will be easier. The class was excellent and I came away with a much better understanding of structure – how the warp and weft work together to make the desired pattern.
A couple of weeks ago I was weaving the beginning of this pattern, I had done about 2 repeats then left it for my next session. When I got there last night it took about 15 minutes to just figure out where I’d left off. I didn’t have a real draft of what to weave so I struggled to get going and REALLY struggled when the pattern had to change. After weaving and unweaving I finally decided I would look (really look) at what I was weaving and what I wanted it to do and write my own draft – at least the treadle part. I figured out each change by raising different sheds to see what they’d do and wrote it down with whatever repeats I thought would work. Eureka! I wove the next full repeat and it worked exactly the way I wanted it too. This is EXCELLENT – heh, heh.
As I was weaving along I had to take a couple of photos – because I love the way it looks – I could just photograph it all day long. I also wanted you to see that the back of the piece is the exact opposite as far as color and pattern. Weaving is very cool. I was also thankful that all I had was four treadles – with anymore I may never have figured it out.