Filed Under (Weaving) by jennyk on 15-05-2006

We spent this past weekend at a Colour and Weave workshop with Janet Phillips at the Berkshire Guild. As usual, it was very enjoyable. Janet is an enthusiastic and inspiring tutor.

During Day 1, I ‘unvented’ a pattern which looked interesting on the loom, so instead of continuing with the worksheet, I spent some time weaving variations of it:

JP sample2 - small.jpg

Janet wanted to see what it looked like once it was washed (so the threads would ‘bloom’ and move into their final positions), so that evening I cut it off the loom and retied the warp, then washed the sample, and wow, what a surprise!

JP sample2 - washed.jpg

It amazes me how much fabrics change during the finishing process, even cotton. I really like this pattern, so I’ll probably continue experimenting with it using different yarns to emphasise the visual structure. First, though, I have to weave off the rest of this sample warp, and then I’ll probably put on another one to continue with my Colour and Weave experiments first as I’m really enjoying them.

I’ll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell – I really wasn’t at all keen when it was decided that the workshop topic would be C&W and only went because I’ve enjoyed Janet’s previous workshops. I’m glad I did!


Charleen on 16 May, 2006 at 12:16 pm #

I love your unvention. Isn’t it amazing how the fabric goes through such transformations? Do you remember the draft?

spinjenny on 16 May, 2006 at 12:50 pm #

Thanks! Oh yes, I noted all the variations down … just for a change.

AkamaiKnitter on 21 May, 2006 at 7:42 pm #

So unbelievably gorgeous! Y

Sylvia on 26 May, 2006 at 10:39 pm #

Jenny, you do such beautiful work. I love the interplay of color and texture with the diagonal lines. Neat! Thanks for posting that bookmark photo to FU — it will inspire DD (who really wants a takadai but I told her she has to work up to it).