Season 2 Episode 6 – Designing Plaids

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    • #44204
      Sandra
      Keymaster

        The spot to share your thoughts and photos of your explosion of colour and ideas when weaving your Plaid sample and then taking it to the max!

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      • #44339
        Shelley
        Participant

          Here is a really fun website if you love tartans

          https://houseoftartan.co.uk/interactive/weaver/

          I have used this site a lot when I design tartan blankets. Have fun playing with this

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          • #45017
            Ginette
            Keymaster

              That’s a fun website Shelley.  I used it several years ago and had forgotten about it!

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          • #45013
            judy
            Participant

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              • #45014
                judy
                Participant

                  I’m replying to myself as I somehow missed adding text.  I LOVED this episode– the colour exploration was amazing and working with Jane’s silk was a dream.  The shawl (right) is light as a feather and I’m anxious to weave another. The guild just gets better and better.

                  Judy

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                  • #45016
                    Ginette
                    Keymaster

                      Beautiful Judy!  Which of Jane’s silks did you use?  Love how each of your pieces are so different!

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                  • #45109
                    Martha
                    Participant

                      I love your colors, Judy, and seeing how they each change with the interaction of threads.

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                    • #45120
                      Ellen Black
                      Participant

                        those look wonderful ! did you use silk for the weft in your scarf?

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                        • #45131
                          bobbietweddle
                          Participant

                            yes,  the only problem is trying to find a cotton and silk that are a close color match.  I hope that Jane will have more silk dyed to match the cotton 8/2 because the result is amazing!

                             

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                        • #63212
                          Ellen Black
                          Participant

                            Beautiful !

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                        • #45038
                          mbartlo
                          Participant

                            Endless possibilities DB2E9017-E00B-478E-8D4D-242F1159C0F5

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                            • #45119
                              Ellen Black
                              Participant

                                oh, those look fantastic !

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                            • #45044
                              Sandra
                              Keymaster

                                Those are delightful, mbartio!  I can see signs of the rest of this year’s samples in your work with Plaid!

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                                • #45045
                                  mbartlo
                                  Participant

                                    Thanks Sandra. I find great inspiration in the way Jane layers previous lessons onto the new episode. I discovered I may not have the focus to be a plaid weaver but I’m crazy for the stripe sequences. I particularly liked how the raspberry crosses with this warp. Mary

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                                • #45050
                                  bobbietweddle
                                  Participant

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                                    Thank you, Jane for suggesting using 8/2 cotton and 20/2 silk!  What a soft, luxurious wrap for the summer!

                                     

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                                    • #45053
                                      Ginette
                                      Keymaster

                                        Gorgeous Bobbie!

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                                      • #45108
                                        Martha
                                        Participant

                                          I love your shawl Bobbie!

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                                        • #45118
                                          Ellen Black
                                          Participant

                                            Looks wonderful !

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                                          • #45904
                                            bobbietweddle
                                            Participant

                                              Maureen Janda – This was my first time with silk.  I found that I really had to watch my PPI and my beating.  I learned not to have the warp too tight.  Also, it was really important to keep the beater in place until you have changed the shed.  I really love the result!

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                                          • #45152
                                            Ellen Black
                                            Participant

                                              all the beautiful weaving !

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                                            • #45155
                                              mbartlo
                                              Participant

                                                Does Jane wet finish her cotton/silk shawls?

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                                                • #45193
                                                  Jane
                                                  Keymaster

                                                    Hi Mary,

                                                    I wash everything I weave.  For those scarves you just them in the sink in warm water with a little dish soap.  Gently like any fine piece of fabric.  Don’t wring them, let them drip dry draped over a rod and then press.  I do this to the silk scarf in Season 1, Episode 10.

                                                    Easy Peasy 🙂

                                                    Jane

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                                                    • #45194
                                                      mbartlo
                                                      Participant

                                                        Thanks Jane. I’ll give it a try with my shawl. I’m still planning the colors with great joy and then off to the loom.

                                                        Mary

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                                                  • #45329
                                                    Clare
                                                    Participant

                                                      Bobbie, your shawl is absolutely stunning. Can you tell me which of the two 20/2 silks you used  for it—the Tussah or the Bombyx?

                                                      Many thanks!

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                                                      • #45332
                                                        bobbietweddle
                                                        Participant

                                                          Hi Clare,

                                                          I used the bombyx silk, in Glacier and 2/8 cotton in slate.  I love the feel and the drape, with the silk and cotton set at 16 ppi and epi.

                                                          Bobbie

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                                                      • #45350
                                                        Martha
                                                        Participant

                                                          Well I really stepped out of my comfort zone with the colors I chose!  Thank you for giving me the courage to do so!  Learned so much in these pieces!A53057C4-FEF5-4344-8BF5-3815103865FA

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                                                          • #45356
                                                            Ginette
                                                            Keymaster

                                                              Those colours Martha!!  wow!

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                                                            Jennifer Tennant
                                                            Participant

                                                              I wanted to weave tea towels for an upcoming wedding shower and as the groom has a Scottish background and I had just finished watching episode 6 I decided to do them in plaid and variations on plaid. I got the thread count for their family plaid from the Scottish Register of Tartans-LochNess 2. ( I didn’t like the look of LochNess 1) I had to adapt it a bit to fit the  tea towel.  One I wove the plaid  in plain weave, then in twill as a traditional tartan would be woven. One I  wove in just the blue so it is just a striped towel. Then I had fun doing  a striping sequence IMG_2529IMG_2530 at each end

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                                                            • #45807
                                                              Sandra
                                                              Keymaster

                                                                Beautiful, Jennifer!  Lucky bride-to-be!

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                                                                Maureen Janda
                                                                Participant

                                                                  Bobbie, your shawl is just beautiful! Thank you for revealing your sett and colors. I decided I’d do a shawl when Jane showed  some earlier, but I was chicken to jump into silk, and decided to try bamboo and cotton  first. Now I’m regretting it a bit. Had you woven with silk before?

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                                                                • #45816
                                                                  Jacqueline
                                                                  Participant

                                                                    Jennifer, your towels are lovely. Interesting to see the plainweave and twill side by side.

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                                                                    Betty.allen
                                                                    Participant

                                                                      7 plaid towels.  Well actually 6 plaid, 1 stripe and a wee sample piece called empty the bobbins. I know it’s hard to tell from the pic which towel is which. I’ll try to send a pic when they are hemmed and washed.  It was a fun weave!!!38D2AF67-5DAE-4987-95CD-0C055D7A72F1

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                                                                    • #46083
                                                                      Sandra
                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                        Nice to see the colours shine as you worked through Plaid, Betty!

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                                                                        Carrie
                                                                        Participant

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                                                                          I am still having fun weaving boucle towels, so there are a few.  I tried a silk scarf this time.  I don’t love it, but I still think it’s kind of cool.  I am definitely trying more things than I ever would have attempted on my own.  I am still a beginner, but am becoming a more confident beginner by being a part of this guild.

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                                                                          • #46694
                                                                            Jae
                                                                            Participant

                                                                              I love your scarf!  I think the stripe accents are a really neat affect.

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                                                                              Ellen Black
                                                                              Participant

                                                                                Love your scarf !  I am a bit behind this summer weaving and looking forward to weaving more this fall and warping for plaid.

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                                                                              Beth Napper
                                                                              Participant

                                                                                This is my most recent set of towels. I had so much fun playing with colour. Thanks, Jane, for taking me out of the box!

                                                                                 

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                                                                              • #46987
                                                                                Sandra
                                                                                Keymaster

                                                                                  Beautiful, Beth!  I’m happy that you were able to get photos of your “plaids” up to share with us.

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                                                                                • #46994
                                                                                  Carrie
                                                                                  Participant

                                                                                    Beth, those towels are great!  So different with different colour choices.

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                                                                                  • #47030
                                                                                    Beth Napper
                                                                                    Participant

                                                                                      Thank you both so much. I can’t wait to put on another warp! This is just so, so fun!

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                                                                                    • #47057
                                                                                      Jane
                                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                                        Beautiful work Beth 🙂

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                                                                                      • #47117
                                                                                        Beth Napper
                                                                                        Participant

                                                                                          Thank you so much, Jane!

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                                                                                        • #50389
                                                                                          debzx1
                                                                                          Participant

                                                                                            Does anyone have any advice or good ideas on how to do the maths when dividing the colours to fit into a particular width?  i.e. I have five different colours that I want to fit into a 38″ wide weave…i know that I don’t want all the colours to be the same width, Fibonacci design..but how to work it easily would be a great help?

                                                                                            Debbie U.K.

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                                                                                              Ginette
                                                                                              Keymaster

                                                                                                Hi Debbie,

                                                                                                There’s so many ways you could approach this with Fibonacci.  Jane’s blog posted today is about Fibonacci & division of space, perfect timing! https://janestaffordtextiles.com/blog/design-for-weavers-fibonacci-division-of-space/

                                                                                                Simplest way, thinking of the Fibonacci numbers in units, each unit (number) has a value of 2″

                                                                                                1=2″, 2=4″, 3=6″, 5=10″, 8=16″. That gives you a total of 38″.  Now that just happens to add to 38 which you wanted.

                                                                                                But if you wanted 40″ wide, just as an example and with your last 2″ leftover, you can divide those threads equally between each of the 5 colours and add them to each section, if you’re off by a thread or two, well close is good 😉

                                                                                                If you can, reviewing the episode on Fibonacci will help to give you more ideas.

                                                                                                Hope this helps!

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                                                                                            • #50465
                                                                                              Sandra
                                                                                              Keymaster

                                                                                                Movement of colour in my fall shawl.  I had fun with my Zepher stash.

                                                                                                 

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                                                                                              • #59939
                                                                                                Jennifer Tennant
                                                                                                Participant

                                                                                                  My daughter in law  wanted a plaid shawl in greys and white for Christmas  and liked  the plaid sample we wove in episode 6. Here is the finished product. Woven in Merino wool at 22epiIMG_2878

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                                                                                                • #59947
                                                                                                  Sandra
                                                                                                  Keymaster

                                                                                                    Beautiful, Jennifer!  Lucky daughter-in-law.

                                                                                                    One of my daughters-in-law liked the shawl I played with at the end of my sample warp – it’s hers now 😁

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                                                                                                  • #62741
                                                                                                    Annette Beasley
                                                                                                    Participant

                                                                                                      Finally finished my Plaid sample…used colours from my stash, put on a short warp, did 2 towels and a shawl. Although the warp was short I tried to squeeze as much Jane lessons out of it as I could, division of space in 2, fibonacci, sequencing, replaced the stripes, opened the sett, clasped weft. Shawl is sett at 12 epi woven 2/8 Tencel double stranded.

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                                                                                                    • #62762
                                                                                                      Sandra
                                                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                                                        Amazing shawl, Annette!  Love how you created your design using clasped weave 👍

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                                                                                                        • #62810
                                                                                                          Annette Beasley
                                                                                                          Participant

                                                                                                            Thanks Sandra, thought a design statement was needed to dress up the muted colours.

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                                                                                                        • #63282
                                                                                                          mclay
                                                                                                          Participant

                                                                                                            I somehow missed the part of the video which gave the reed size. Can anyone help me (besides telling me to get glasses or a hearing aid! 😉)

                                                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                                                            mac

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                                                                                                          • #63285
                                                                                                            Sandra
                                                                                                            Keymaster

                                                                                                              The “ends per inch” – epi – are more important than the reed size.  Jane recommends 18 epi for the sample and you can check out the Reed Substitution Chart to find out how to sley 18 epi on the reed or reeds you have.

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                                                                                                              sue.schreuder
                                                                                                              Participant

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                                                                                                                Finally finished this warp just in time fir Christmas. The red and green tea towel will be perfect theme wise!

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                                                                                                                • #136700
                                                                                                                  Ginette
                                                                                                                  Keymaster

                                                                                                                    They look great Sue! Perfect timing 🙂

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                                                                                                                • #155317
                                                                                                                  Ginny
                                                                                                                  Participant

                                                                                                                    I reversed the red and olive in the warp and in addition to the sampler, I wove a table runner, towel, and miscellaneous pieces with multiple weft colors.
                                                                                                                    It is fun to see my confidence level increase with each sample. I have always loved vibrant colors so Jane’s sample selections feed this passion.

                                                                                                                    Ginny

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                                                                                                                  • #157792
                                                                                                                    Ginette
                                                                                                                    Keymaster

                                                                                                                      Just a test to see the refreshness

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                                                                                                                      Elisabeth Schelp
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                                                                                                                      • #176872
                                                                                                                        Gary Michaelis
                                                                                                                        Participant

                                                                                                                          084CCEB0-E61E-45E1-9C50-369DC96CE84AE73888E2-F62E-44AD-83E9-5C603C810D3EHere is a pic of my completed plaid sample.   Also went on to do an 8/2 cotton warp and boucle weft design in red, natural and black which has some plaid design.  I love how The designs and colors of each of them came out.  I’m quoting my weaving friend when I say “Isn’t it wonderful when you see a barely tamed, chained yarns puddled on the floor magically turned, by your own hands, into actual cloth?”.  Yes, weaving is magic! DA0A4D18-44B8-4D98-A4DA-B5645640B4A0

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                                                                                                                            Sandra
                                                                                                                            Keymaster

                                                                                                                              Weaving is magic, Gary – and the magic goes on and on and never ends!  You have one project on the loom and you are already dreaming about the next one.  😁

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                                                                                                                            Carmen Kight
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                                                                                                                              A9943D2F-ADCD-4138-814D-45BBCA4EDFD5scarf from plaid sample warp

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                                                                                                                              Sandra
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                                                                                                                                What a wonderful job you’ve done, Carmen!  Thank you for sharing.

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