Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Damask....Ah Ha Moment....Now Taquete?

Ok. So since the weather has been changing, I now have some more obvious time to 'play' with some designs that I have stored in my head:) Damask, in particular, has been a favorite of mine to look at and I really feel the urge to use my loom to create tapestry like scarves and shawls. I don't want anything too heavy as I really like the feel of tencel, bamboo, and I would eventually like to switch to silk for my finer works. I am still in the learning stage though and I hope to always remain in the learning stage. The damask pattern that I have been toying with, I like but, I lose a lot of detail the more I stretched it out. I was a little frustrated but, certain that there was something that I could do.
The picture above is a little small but, the piece all the way to the right is a 4 point twill threading, the middle is a 5 point twill threading, and the one on the far left is a 6 point twill threading. To get a true satin/sateen I would have to use the one on the far left. To be honest......I lost most of the detail and am not about to dress the loom to weave something I'm not happy with. As small as this item is in the picture, if I used a sett of 24 epi, we are looking at that image size at a little over 13". That is a lot of detail down the drain. There are REALLY long floats too:) Not good. Sooooooooooooo I think that today I'll take some time to convert this damask item into a taquete. That way the long floats will not be a problem. At this point it's just a matter of finding out if I lose just as much detail. I have a feeling that I will be sampling for this to make sure that the fabric will be suitable for a scarf/shawl. Boy! This is fun! ;)

2 comments:

bspinner said...

I'm sure whatever you decide to use it will be great.

Keep having fun.

Ngaire said...

Hi Shannon,
I've been weaving a lot of Turned Taquete lately and can really recommend it as a weave structure. If you 'turn' the pattern it will be a one shuttle weave, otherwise you will have to throw your tied weft every other throw, a fairly slow process. I have also found the Taquete is a very firm weave due to the 3 thread floats, not as drapy as a twill for sure. I'm gob smacked at how complex your pattern is - way to go girl!
Cheers
Lynnette