Next up on my twill weaving tour is a Braided Twill. This was done in 10/2 unmercerized cotton on an 8-shaft loom. My first 8 shaft experience. The treddling is quite simple and progressive in a way that makes it easy to weave. The results are impressive I think.
Like many of the towels I have woven in this series the pattern isn’t that obvious as you are weaving it. You need to stand away from the loom or lean back while you are sitting so you can see it at an angle. This is where photography really comes into play. For some reason no matter what angle you photograph textiles you always see much more detail than if you are looking at the textile itself. I’m not sure if it’s the contrast or the fact that a photo is 2 dimensional. I know if I can’t see what’s going on I take a photo and get my ah ha moment. That’s the beauty of the instant gratification of digital.
This was difficult to weave evenly. You really can only weave in the center third of your warp otherwise you can see where your beat is uneven, it breaks up the pattern. Another problem for little perfectionist me. I finished up my 27″ in about three hours then toured the studio to see what I wanted to weave next week. This is so much fun.