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Weaving Architecture: Step One of the Design Process

Hi kids, I thought I would share a bit of my journey with you. It’s my story of how I learned and adopted design elements that enabled me to become a professional weaver and teacher. Each week we’ll go down a different path, starting pretty much at the beginning. Some of you may have read this series before – but it doesn’t hurt to revisit the basics of design, opening doors and giving you an aha moment. So – away we go down memory lane 😉

Part 1 into Weaving Architecture:

I’ve started every Colour and Design Workshop off by explaining to my students that there are hundreds of different ways to tackle the subject of design. Every designer has their own particular way of working, of organizing thoughts, and of bringing ideas to fruition.

All I can do, as a designer and a teacher, is to share my own system. It isn’t necessarily better than any other system. But it works for me, and it seems to provide my students with a good strong solid foundation around the process of designing.

I didn’t always work this way, early on there was a lot of hit and miss. But gradually, I paid attention to things that worked, I analyzed why they work, and I developed my system. I’m still refining it, and hopefully, I will be able to work on it until the day I die. I want to weave forever. I will never ever tire of making beautiful simple cloth.

We all have pivotal moments in our lives, and one such pivotal moment for me was having the opportunity to be the Teaching Assistant for Jack Lenor Larson at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1984. Jack and Randall Darwall taught a course called “The Consummate Cloth.”

It turned out to be three weeks of doing nothing but studying sett and finishing our cloth. We wove everything mostly in white yarn and in 2 structures: plain weave and four-shaft twill. We sampled. And sampled. And sampled. And sampled. And over a three-week period, the 12 students attending created hundreds of samples striving for our teachers’ vision of “the consummate cloth.” Their criteria were simple⎼the end product had to have all of exceptional drape, hand, and bias. 

Next time I will share with you what I took away from that amazing experience – other than my commitment to sample, sample, sample 😉


Ocean Bouclé Towel Kit

You asked for it – we listened 😉

We’ve been asked for more design options in our Bouclé towel kits. The pattern that comes with all the Bouclé Towel Kits is just your jumping off point to create your own design. Each kit weaves 9 tea towels on a 4 shaft loom using a 12 dent reed. Weaving width requirement is 22″ wide.

Below you’ll find a more detailed approach to one version I did using the Ocean Kit … I have provided the exact warping sequence and treadling sequence I used in this set of towels. More to come in future newsletters.
There are 262 warp threads in each Bouclé Towel Kit…you can use this graphic with any of the kits.  Play with the colours in the kit 😀 All towels were woven 30” ish in plain weave. Some a little shorter, some a little longer. 

Warp Colour Sequence:
6 Royal
60 Pale Limette
4 Royal
38 Alternating Turquoise/Limette 
4 Royal
38 Alternating Limette/Turquoise
4 Royal
38 Alternating Turquoise/Limette
4 Royal
60 Peacock
6 Royal

2” Peacock (includes hem)
4 picks Royal
4 picks Peacock, alternating with 4 picks Pale Limette for the entire towel
I started each colour on opposite sides and let them scallop up the selvedge.
4 picks Royal 2” Peacock (includes hem)


2” Limette (includes hem)
3” Peacock
5” 3 picks Limette/1 pick Peacock
1” Peacock
2” 3 picks Limette/1 pick Peacock
1” Limette
1” Peacock
16” Pale Limette (includes hem)


4” Peacock (includes hem)
4 picks Royal
3” Turquoise
4 picks Royal
3” Alternating Turquoise/Limette
4 picks Royal
3” Limette
5 picks Royal
3” Alternating Turquoise/Limette
4 picks Royal
3” Turquoise
4 picks Royal
5” Pale Limette
4 picks Royal
4” Peacock (includes hem)



2” Royal (includes hem)
2” Peacock
4 picks Royal
20” Turquoise
5 picks  Royal
5” Limette
2” Royal (includes hem)


JST Cotton Boucle Tea Towel Kit
Colourways


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