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Tartan and Twill Cushion

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pin weaving the first tartan square
Project Status: 
Project Date: 
Tue, 02/19/2013 - Sun, 03/03/2013
Loom Used: 
pins on cardboard
Number of Shafts: 
Number of Treadles: 
16.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
5.25 in
Width on Loom: 
5.25 in
Finished Length: 
4.50 in
Finished Width: 
4.50 in

A friend asked me to do a tartan pillow using her choice of four colours of fine wool. My first test was a gamp (trying every colour with every other colour). I knew nothing about tartan except that the same pattern of stripes is used for both both warp and weft and it is often woven as a twill. There are thousands of tartans. I was at a loss to design my own, so I found a four-colour tartan and copied the proportions. I applied my friend's colours to it and made a "tartan ruler" as a way to chart the warp and weft.

From doing the gamp I realized that a full sized pillow with such fine yarn in pin weaving was going to be too daunting. I proposed a checkerboard sampler of 16 squares so that I can work small and modular. Eight squares will be tartan, and the other eight will be a two-colour twill. That way I can experiment with moving the design around on the tartan pattern and try a lot of different twill patterns.

Have a look at my blog for other current weaving projects http://ruthsweavingprojects.blogspot.co.uk/

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