Dice weave & Sett?

Hi everyone, I'm working on a dice weave from, A weavers book of 8 shaft patterns, page 17. I cannot figure out if the sett on this should be for tabby or twill. Any help much appreciated.Dice Weave


Posted on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:36

but did you read the first page of the chapter? Usually that gives guidance for specifics of the weave structures covered.

I have always been intrigued by this beautiful draft, too.

Because it looks like float work, I would consider a sett that leaned toward twill (closer) but would definitely sample before committing, as the sett would depend on the material used: cotton or wool?

What is a "dice" weave?

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:48

Janet Phillips defines it as small repeating patterns that are constructed on a checkerboard arrangement whereby two opposing squares on a weave diagram are identical to each other and the other two are damask , reversed negative.

Posted on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 00:09

This weave is featured in Handwoven, issue 176, sept/oct 2015. The weaver has used a wool yarn I am not familiar with, so I cannot comment on the suggested sett. However, she does say that her blanket was woven "at a fairly open sett and beat." The shrinkage was considerable - the width on the loom was 40.5 inches and the finished width was 30.5 inches.

Posted on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:32

I tried this structure (pictures at http://oddweavings.blogspot.se/2012/08/same-but-opposite.html - tried to get it open in new window, but am not sure I managed...) - it was difficult to weave, 'cos the beat has to be varied: 2 plain weave sheds need harder beat than the other 6 sheds.

Also: I liked the look after wet finishing but before pressing, after that it was just flat and uninteresting. I never managed to "restore" the texture.

Ever interested in terminology: "Janet Phillips defines it ... two opposing squares ... identical to each other and the other two are damask , reversed negative."

Can someone please comment on the "damask" part, here? In the sentence above , "damask" seems to mean just "opposite" - ? In Sweden we tend to reserve the word damask for a multi-block design woven in two opposing structures (1/3 twill vs 3/1 twill, opposite sides of satins).

I get (and approve) the idea of "reversed negative", but can't see the link with "damask"?


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