Sunday, May 3, 10am - 4pm
Instructor: Deborah Jarchow
Description: By using pick up sticks and yarns of various thicknesses, you can achieve a wonderful textural pattern in your woven cloth. For this project, I wanted to experiment with a honeycomb design that would showcase yarns of various sizes and textures. Sampling is the best way to determine what the fabric will look like after finishing. On a structure like honeycomb, the cloth radically changes shape from its appearance on the loom to its final form after wet finishing. I tried a few different cell sizes in the samples as well as different weft yarns and different setts to see how they all look together. Then I tested a firmer beat and different spacing between the honeycomb rows to see what would ensue. Also, I experimented with making the warp all the same color as well as mixing colors in the warp to see how that affected the design. My sampling determined that the pattern is more defined if a thick yarn is used around the honeycomb cells. This project will allow you to play with various yarns and experience how wet finishing can change and enhance the structure.
Homework: Direct warp the loom with 68 ends (34 slots, 34 holes). When rolling onto the back beam, carefully keep even tension on all threads, making sure all warp threads go around the back beam evenly without falling off the sides of the warp bundle. Spread the warp threads to even them out by weaving in some waste yarn.
Supplies: Equipment required: Rigid heddle loom with 10” weaving width, 7.5 or 8 dent reed, 4 shuttles (I used 2 stick, 2 boats with 1 bobbin each). Warp Yarn: Light worsted weight variegated or hand dyed (1,600 yd/lb, 1.75 oz/175 yds), 185 yards.
Weft yarns (yarns should be purchased at Wildfiber Studio):
Light worsted weight (731 yd/lb; 1.75 oz/80 yds), 75 yards.
Solid color worsted weight (1,508 yd/lb, 1.75 oz/165 yds), 90 yards.
Heavy worsted (649 yd/lb, 1.75 oz/ 71 yds), 25 yards
Heavy worsted (685 yd/lb, 1.75 oz/ 75 yds), 50 yards
Tapestry needle for hemstitching, 2 pick up sticks, cardboard strip for warp separator
Class Fee: $125 plus materials.
Early Bird Enrollment available.
Light snacks will be served. Bring a box lunch or order from one of our local eateries if you would like something more substantial.
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