Season 3 – Episode 8 – Plain Weave with Supplementary Warp

In this episode we’re going to add a little pizzazz to our plain weave warps by adding supplementary warp threads right into the warp when we make it. I always think of supplementary warps threads as simply extra threads that come down from the sky and sit on our warps. They aren’t an inherent or necessary part of the plain weave fabric…they are just extra threads that can be woven into the ground cloth, float on top of the ground cloth, or underneath it, depending on what YOU want them to do. They are fabulous for enhancing our graphic with extra lines and texture and they do not have to live on a separate beam, honestly truly! 🙂 

The ground cloth is plain weave threaded alternately on harnesses 1 and 2. Gosh that leaves 2 extra harnesses sitting around doing nothing so we use them to hold our supplementary warp threads. Some will be on harness 3 and the others are on harness 4. The best part of this episode is learning how to manage them…which we do through the tie-up. We manage their tension by weighting them at the back. No extra equipment other than a small rod and a couple of S hooks are necessary. 

This sample also builds on techniques we have learned in previous episodes this year…we have warp faced selvedges, while the centre of the warp is quite open. Our use of graphic and colour comes straight out of Colour and Design in Season 2. We are always adding another layer in the Online Guild, building your understanding and confidence, helping you to become your own designer.

As always have fun and,
Happy Viewing
Jane

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