Friday, April 14, 2017

Shadow Weave - An Acquired Taste

I've never been a huge fan of shadow weave; all those little lines going every which way bother my eyes.  But recently I put a sample warp on the "big loom" and made a pegging error in the dobby chain, introducing a huck spot into the weave that made some interesting warp and weft deflections.  Hmm, this could have some potential.

Then I noticed a weave in Carol Strickler's A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns (p. 72) that she calls "shadow huck".  Well there's another example of there's nothing new under the sun!  It was accomplished by treadling different pairs of treadles - using the "odd" treadle from one treadling block with the "even" treadle from an adjacent block.  So I tried it that way, and got a similar (but not exact) result.

The real difference comes when you flip the fabric over.  The "error" method has floats in the weft, while the "treadle" method has them in the warp.

But, I thought, what if I wanted to have another motif that uses that treadling block, but without that float in it?  If using the "error" method, the floats will show up where I don't want them.

With the "treadle" method, I can make the extra motif without the floats, but what if I like the look of the "error" method spots better?

Answer: add another treadle, so there's one with the "error" and one without.

And as a bonus, here's the "shadow huck" from Strickler, modified a bit.  Front and back sides.

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