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.
4 thoughts on “A Eureka Moment”
Looks good! Summer & winter is a lot of fun to weave – so crisp.
Looks great! Fantastic job on the edges!
Ta Da!!!! It’s so great you worked at figuring it out instead of just asking. And now you know how to do a drawdown so you can see where you are. Hmmm…. next we can start with drawing how you want it to look and then work backwards to the threading and treadling…….
Yup, looking forward to it. Could be my favorite part of weaving – design – then warp it, then weave to see if it all works, then move onto the next. ADD I think.