Three Day Workshop: "Opposites Attract" (March 2010)

Eighteen Intrepid Weavers and One Teacher Brave a Storm

This class, taught by Bonnie Inouye, charged ahead despite heavy rain and floods.  Weavers hauled in pre-warped portable floor looms and table looms, one 4 shaft, one 12 shaft, the rest 8 shaft.  The church vestry hummed with the largest special workshop in memory. 

Some of the Student Samplers

Diane Howes sample

Diane Howes

Patricia Morton sample

Patricia Morton

Ginny Coolidge sample

Ginny Coolidge

Ro Spinelli

Ro Spinelli

Kathy Tappan sample

Kathy Tappan (12S)

Donna Peabody sample

Donna Peabody

Laura Busky sample

Laura Busky

Barbara Herbster sample

Barbara Herbster (4S)

Barbara Provest sample

Barbara Provest

Weaving on Extended Parallel Threadings

The 18 participants were assigned different designs, all with extended parallel threadings. Looms were threaded on opposites with two colors, representing layer A and layer B. For example, my sample was threaded in a networked drafted twill with layer A in purple and layer B in green as follows: shaft 1-P, shaft 5-G (the opposite of shaft 1), 2-P, 6-G (the opposite of shaft 2), 3-P, 7-G, 4-P, 8-G, 5-P, 1-G. Then layer A advances and begins at shaft 2-P, layer B at shaft 6-G, and so on for the five steps of the advancing twill. Thus layer A starts at 1-2-3-4-5 in purple, layer B at 5-6-7-8-1 in green. Then layer A moves up a step to 2-3-4-5-6 in purple and layer B to 6-7-8-1-2, always alternating purple and green for the two layers.

Two looms were threaded with four layers of color, and some of the 2-layer looms had more than one band of color spread across the layer, as can be seen in the photos.

The threadings were based on straight or point twills (including advancing points), overshot and network drafted twills. They were not simple but once on the loom could be interpreted in a variety of weaves: twill, rep weave, turned taquete, echo weave (not actually a structure, but a method for drafting combining parallel threadings with twill tie-ups), and unconventional double weave in four colors. Overshot based threadings create smooth designs in turned taquete, while networked twills create jagged edges, as can be seen in the photos. Turned taquete and echo weave are wonderful choices for two or more warp colors with a single weft, producing bold, colorful designs. Taquete has a smooth surface, echo weave a rich surface which makes for a thicker cloth. Both are good for scarves and shawls.

Looms threaded with straight or point threadings were: Laura Busky, Ginny Coolidge, Donna Peabody, Barbara Provest and Dorothy Solbrig. Looms threaded with overshot threadings were: Catherine deHaan, Linda Green, Diane Howes, Sue Jones, Ginny Longley, Patricia Morton (4 warp layers), Fran Osten (4 warp layers), and Ro Spinelli. Looms threaded with network drafted twills were: Eileen Goldman, Barbara Herbster, Kristin Kelly, Kathy Tappan and Deb Watson. (Summary by Deb Watson)

Fran Osten's loom

Fran Osten's loom

Students at work

Dorothy Solbrig and others

Read more about teacher Bonnie Inouye and her publications:  Bonnie's website
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