I have been playing with lining up hand painted yarns to give a ikat look. Thus my "faux Ikat" tag. This yarn is fine, and I want the shawl to be very light and airy, but I am not sure that the sett is working. I have doubled the weft to bring it up to about the size of the warp, but this has make the weft more dominate in the fabric. Because it is the dyed warp that I want to show, this may not be working too well.
Sorry I don't have a wif file
I wanted to thread up the loom in a straight draw and get some simple results to fiddle with some finer threads. I came up with a couple of twill patterns and wove them right up. At the next show two sold right off the bat! :) Color on black is pretty popular. I wove two scarves with hand dyed varigated yarn purchased from Just Our Yarn (because they are some fabulous girls!!!) and two were woven with solid tencel.
As a weaver I enjoy designing fabric that can be used for soft sculptures. When I thought about creating a little mermaid, I wanted to use a pattern that would resemble fish scales. I was happy to find this 8H plaited twill. Not wanting to have to warp twice, I planned my warp so that every part of the mermaid could be woven on one warp. Having a smooth transition from green to white mermaid body was an important part of the design. Some twisted wool fringe gave her a perfect mermaid hair-do and pearls and tiny shells made an appropriate necklace.
Original pattern used for Complex Weavers Lace Study Group exchange on canvas weave. I created a braided twill, then shaded the individual lozenges, split them apart, and added a zigzag of canvas on 32S straight draw. At the points of the zigzags the tie-up changes face (reverses front and back). This was woven on a computer-controlled dobby. It would take up to 64 treadles on a treadle loom. It is woven square, at 20 ppi. The details show best with a colored weft, but I chose to weave the runner in white on white. The ends of the runner zigzag, with a long straight diagonal section in the middle. The lace units open well at this sett without the twill being sleazy. The red sample is shown on the loom, the white runner after washing.
Beat very lightly to make the scarves ( this made for 4 of them with added twisted fringes) soft and airy
I haven,t the programmes needed to upload the draft, but I think you can use the one on p 40 of the latest Handwoven Magazine, which seems quite similar and with only 8 treadles.
The first scarf on this warp I used Bambu 12 black for the weft, the second scarf a 8/2 tencel in a red-purple.
7/18/09 - just finished weaving both scarves but still need to wash and twist fringe...........at this point like the all bamboo better, nicer drape but that may change after they're washed and the tencel softens.
7-19-09 - final picture showing both finished scarves. The drape on both of the scarves is incredible, a bit different due to the different weft choices but equally as nice.