Card Weaving Study based on the book, Card Weaving by Candace Crockett, continued.
Read Chapter 5, page 67
Now is the time to turn what you have learned into some bands of your own. In this chapter, there are fourteen pattern drafts that you can use as is or assign colors of your choosing or mix and match parts of this pattern and that pattern. You also might want to create your own pattern from scratch. What to do with tabletwoven bands? Judy Chapman has created a list of things things to do with tabletwoven bands.
Below I offer some comments on some of the patterns. I urge you to weave them all or at least those that you find especially interesting. You could make some small warps just to try out each pattern and then go back and choose something for a finished project; a belt, bag, trim, or???
- In weaving Pattern Draft 1 you will be able to see how the pattern developed as you turn the cards. The dark lines on the light ground give you many combinations of diamonds and chevrons. As designed there is also a red accent in the body of the band and as selvedges.
I wove these two bands using this idea. This black and white band has the colors reversed, the yarn is 10/2 mercerized cotton. Note the fringe; it is made up of four strand braids and cables. 88” (220 cm) x 1” (2.5 cm) plus fringe 94” (235 cm)
The pattern threads in this band are space dyed novelty cotton, the background is 5/2 mercerized cotton. 51” (127.5 cm) x 1.5” (3.75 cm) plus fringe 60” (150 cm)
- One of the strengths of Candace Crockett's work is her use of bands joined together. Pattern Draft 3 is the first of several of these drafts where she shows the bands joined, it is another design element that should be taken into consideration as you plan your projects.
- Pattern Draft 4 has different sections of cards threaded in different directions. Note the blue section, cards 19-28, which are threaded SZSZSZ.... while the rest of the band is either S or Z.
- Pattern Draft 6 is fun to weave and very satisfying. It would make a great trim or handle for a bag.
- If you like pattern the idea offered in Pattern Draft 8 of small motifs arranged by color and line is appealing.
- Pattern Draft 12 is an introduction to having two packs of cards turning in opposition to each other. It isn't hard and you will be rewarded with an ancient design that most weavers find fascinating.
- One of the wonderful things about card weaving is that the warps can be picked up and moved laterally from their starting point. The instruction for Pattern Draft 13 is an excellent way to get a taste of this structure.
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August 1, 2001
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