Friday, April 20, 2012

Summer & Winter weaving

Hello, friends. I really like the look of "summer and winter" weaving patterns. If you've ever had the pleasure of looking at or using an antique coverlet, it may very well have been woven using this technique. The cloth is insulating and stable. Two different yarns are typically used to construct this cloth -- a relatively fine yarn, often the same used as that in the warp, and a thicker yarn for the pattern. "Summer and winter" is a block weave. It was frequently used for blankets/coverlets because the dominant lighter side, which could be laundered more frequently in the warmer months, could be displayed in the summer. In the colder months, when it was more cumbersome to do the wash regularly, the darker side would face out (and, hopefully, any unsightly stains would be less obvious). But enough of the technical talk. Here are some photos! This is a two block summer and winter pattern using mercerized cottons in ivory and nautical blue:
Here is the same pattern (and the same warp) with ivory and moss stone green:
The purpose of this cloth was to try out some new color combinations and to practice my two shuttle weaving. While I'm pretty pleased with the way things are shaping up on the loom, I still find that I drop the shuttles on the floor way too often! Hope you have a pleasant weekend! Be well, Kate

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