Weaving, Trying to Make Sense of my Time at the Bottom of this Planet, Occasionally Tending our Sisyphaen Patch
by the Goddess of Procrastination and Expert Forgetter
Does it have a name? I think of it just as weaving in blocks. But them I'm an ignorant hick, so don't listen to me!!
You are the ingorantest, hickest person I know, Cally. NOT!I don't know about this weave structure - it's always kind of spread out like a fan, and has longish floats. I thought perhaps it's in fashion. I like the use of the color in this example, but I have no idea about the structure.
I think the spreading just happens because the threads like to do that :)You thread on six shafts, so that you have say 1-2-1-2-1-2 then 3-4-3-4-3-4 then 5-6-5-6-5-6, then you weave plain weave on one pair of shafts (say 1 and 2), raise another pair of shafts (3 and 4) for warp floats and leave the third pair (5 and 6) down for weft floats. Then you move along, so you weave on 3 and 4, raise 5 and 6, leave 1 and 2 down. And again: weave on 5 and 6, raise 1 and 2, leave 3 and 4 down. Voila, blocks of plain weave and floats. I can't see the pic clearly enough to see how many blocks they are using, but I'm reasonably sure (for a hick!) that this is the principle they're working on.
Funnily enough, Johnstons of Elgin have been using this in their scarves recently. It's funny because their products are always extremely neat and controlled, and even their floats seem to be exceptionally well behaved. These are scarves for Ladies Who Lunch, the kind who might have a wee scone with their tea if they are feeling particularly hedonistic.
Right-o, Cally, I've never seen drafts like that that I remember, but it sounds intriguing. I don't even remember which magazine it was, but I might go back to a dentist's office and see if I can get a better photo. And funnily enough, not only have we been to Elgin, but Ben had a dental emergency there, and a lovely young dentist prescribed antibiotics for him, and didn't charge us anything for the appointment. And by the time we got to the chemist, EVERYBODY in the shop knew who we were and what we were there for!! I bet the scones are selected from a three-tiered silver tray, and/or are placed on a wee plate that matches the cup and saucer? I do, however, wish I could weave like that. Perpetually living and weaving in hope!
Never mind the weave structure, you have visualised the scones perfectly!I'm glad Elgin made a good impression. We had a lovely visit there a couple of years ago, without the emergency part.
Right-o, Cally. And we will never forget Elgin as long as we live, really. Spent a long time at the church/cathedral ruin, too. Very photogenic. Of course most of 2003 trip photos disappeared when our family backup machine's motherboard died. Ha ha ha, another family tragedy. But in Scotland, we bought the National Trust booklets wherever we visited, so we have mementos. Ireland is another story. :-D
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