This linen blouse fabric was done in plain weave with leno bands. I used the drawloom attachment on my Glimakra loom for the pattern. This took me about a month to complete.
That's a lovely piece of weaving to make into a blouse. Is the folk costume for yourself?
Yes, I wove this for myself. However, I did it more for the experience of weaving it. My mother was a weaver of Lithuanian folk costumes in Chicago and belonged to the Lithuanian Folk Art Weaving Guild there. This was the type of weaving she did.
Looks fresh off the loom and like a carefully engineered design. I love to see it washed and made up. I wonder where the leno bands occur.
Yes, it would be lovely to see your weaving sewn into the style of Lithuanian folk costume. Just out of interest......did your mother weave the folk costumes for people who wore them while folk dancing?
Hi Karren, The leno bands are before and after the small pattern bands. You can see a bit of the leno in the right hand corner of the picture. I should have taken more of the leno in the photograph.
Yes, Beth, she wove costumes for folk dancing and for lithuanian cultural programs. She appears in Kati Meek's book - "For Love of Lithuanian Weaving". You can see a picture of my mother in her Lithuanian costume in Kati's book under the name of Birute Archie.
I was traveling around Chicago this spring, and saw the sign for the center. Then, in May, at the Weaving History Conference in Clayton, NY, I attended a lecture by Kati about Lithuanian weaving. And on Sunday, there was a presentation by leno bead weaver Martha Reeves. WOW! Now I have a much greater appreciated for your project! Thanks for posting.
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