Archive: February 2021

MAFA2019-036

I somehow reversed the blocks on both edges of the towel, but I like the way it turned out....

MAFA2019-037

The texture was more subtle because of the variegated weft color....

MAFA2019-039

The color sequence (Chasing Rainbows) comes from The Weaver’s Weevil by Rebecca Fox and the warp yarn is 10/2 mercerized cotton from Lunatic Fringe (color spectrum). I used black for the weft and threaded on a straight draw....

MAFA2019-001

This was done at a somewhat loose sett in the workshop as an experiment. I really liked the soft hand. The workshop towel was too narrow for this exchange so I made another. I hope you like it. Color and weave pattern was 2-1 dark-light...

MAFA2019-002

The colors and pattern I used were based on a towel that I saw at Red Stone Glenn last year. The pattern is from Jane Patrick’s _The Weaver’s Idea Book – Creative Cloth on A Rigid Heddle Loom_. I have used this pattern many times...

MAFA2019-003

Pattern was a plain weave towel with pick up stick details. I used organic colorgrown cotton. Light green/dark green. The colors will show the more it is washed and used....

MAFA2019-004

Woven on rigid heddle loom, with pickup stick used as third shaft. I was exploring textures available on a rigid heddle loom and tried to develop a threading and treading to get a Bumberet texture. This turned out to be almost impossible because Bumberet depends...

MAFA2019-005

Woven on 3 shafts on a 4-shaft loom....

MAFA2019-006

This draft is a standard basic twill with plain weave borders at each end. The twill combined with color sequence for the warp was devised by Beth Willson, Purcellville, VA. I have woven a number of towels using this draft, changing the color sequencing in...

MAFA2019-007

I followed the pattern as published, except for these changes: 1. I used 22/2 Cottolin for the weft instead of 8/2 Cotton 2. In order to comply with the Towel Exchange rules, I removed the outer 32 threads on each side of the towel, a...

MAFA2019-008

This was my first project that I started and completed all on my own after taking several weaving classes. I followed the warp color and threading order in the kit (from Halcyon Yarn), but quickly changed up the weft color order and treadling after weaving...

MAFA2019-009

Use plainweave for hem in finer cotton so hem doesn’t splay....

MAFA2019-010

I used Mastering Weave Structures by Sharon Alderman, which is a great book to brush up on your structures…. Had fun weaving it....

MAFA2019-011

Detailed instructions for doing the mock damask are in the 1994 May/June Handwoven magazine. Take your time on pick-up work. Wrong threads can occasionally get caught resulting in very long floats and it’s difficult un-weaving pick-up work . The instruction don’t indicate it but you...

MAFA2019-012

Picked 3 pairs of coordinating colors and used twice in warp by reversing color order within each pair of blocks. Wove off by rotating through all 6 colors of warp and also varying sizes of blocks to make each towel in the warp unique....

MAFA2019-013

This twill is threaded and treadled based on draft on Heinrich Woolhever’s 1821 Pattern Books Draft. It represents further use of a pattern I chose to explore for the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts Group of Complex Weavers. The cheerful stripes are my addition....

MAFA2019-014

Page 31 of the BGH book shows a skeleton drawdown of Wishing Well for a bookmark that is significantly different from the Wishing Well draft on page 97 (the book suggests it may be due to a treadling variation). Using the skeleton drawdown, I determined...

MAFA2019-015

Use tabby. I used a jack loom so I reversed the tie-up shown in the book....

MAFA2019-016

A 4-shaft point twill sounds boring but when you add warp stripes of tan, red, green and bright yellow separated by white stripes edged by a single navy thread there is hope. Add an interesting tie-up and treadling to create an interesting texture you have...

MAFA2019-017

Tip: Use a temple. Note that the draft shows only four stripes of the 16 I used in the towel. I basically flopped the draft several times. This resulted in two wide green stripes on the sides and one wide purple stripe in the center....

MAFA2019-018

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MAFA2019-019

I recorded this draft in iWeaveIt quite a while ago as Simplified Damask from Marguerite Davison’s Handweavers Pattern Book. However, this is not that draft so I now have no idea where the pattern came from. I repeated the pattern 8 times and added 28...

MAFA2019-020

I am a beginner weaver and this is my first project. The cotton thread I used tangled easily and I struggled with setting the warp. And then making sure it was not twisted or mis-threaded. There are a few (many) mistakes....