Saturday, May 30, 2009

More collapse

After the success of the collapse weave scarf for the virtual scarf exhibition, I wanted to try more. I am intrigued by this. I don't fully understand how it works. I know that it has something to do with the thickness of the warp and weft yarns and that it is not a balanced weave. I got this book but have not read through all of it yet. I just wanted to weave first.
I wondered about the colours of the pleats/folds on either side of the piece and decided on more experimenting. 'Collapse' was threaded with alternating colours. I wanted to create a piece with separate colours on either side, so the colour combination will have to follow the weave structure:

It looks like a 'zebra crossing'! The warp is a 5 ply pure wool. I used a black and white twist fine merino as the weft. For some reason, the purity of colours or the lack of it was important and strangely appealing.

The sample worked well and it is only 20cm long. The 'collapse' happened as soon as the tension was released. In tension, you can feel a slight bump between the 1/3 and 3/1 twills. I will now weave a full length scarf of this and then I would like to try some different width pleats......

3 comments:

Kaz [curiousweaver] said...

The last weave I did on the loom before I sold it to you was a similar and very successful project. Looks wonderful!

Donatella said...

I really like the combination of black and white, I think it works extremely well with the weave structure. And great photos!

Meg in Nelson said...

I've been looking for something like this. Beautiful. I was asked to weave a scarf like this for someone I've never met but talk online virtually every day. Thank you.