Sunday, June 28, 2009

Echo Weave on 12 Shafts

I was really stoked on Echo Weave after my session with Bonnie Inouye at ANWG, so here is my first attempt with this weave method. I laboured creating this pattern in PCW and I must admit that only having 12 shafts was limiting. I put on enough warp for 3 72” scarves and each will have a different treadling and weft colour. This scarf has an exteded parallel treadling, but otherwise follows the Echo Weave rules.I’ve used alternating blue and green 2/8 Tencel sett at 40 epi, the colours are of the same value. I have used a dark orange for the weft and I am beating it in at about 20 ppi. This is the weft dominant side, so all three of the colours really show almost equally. I can’t begin to describe how the colours are relating, but when you viewing it on the loom I seem to get five colours! I can’t get photos of the warp dominant blue and green side yet, but since it’s weaving up fast – I’ll have it in a few days. We’ve jumped into summer with a bang this year. Literally, we banged off our front deck railing yesterday and now we begin the process of remaking it. Our old deck was made with the house in 1976 and was completely solid. You can see what we started with; this is an old photo with some of my handspun hanging out to dry! And now it looks like this on day 1 of my husbands summer holiday - yup he's a real worker!
I can’t wait to see what it looks like with the new railings! Frankly, I think it looks better already!
Things I know
Floating selvedges should always be hung so that the yarn hangs S twist as you look down on it from your weaving bench, if you hang it Z twist, each beat will abrade the yarn slightly and can result in yarn failure
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13 comments:

Melissa said...

Beautiful!!

Susan said...

Wow, that's a stunning pattern! I sure hope there's a draft coming with you next week :)

I also love the new look of your side page too...


Susan

charlotte said...

This is a fascinating pattern, I have never heard of echo weave, five colors sounds very interresting. By the way, there's an award for you to pick up in my blog.

trapunto said...

I'm seeing beautiful snakes' skins.

Can I borrow your husband?

Peg in South Carolina said...

Temptress---you creating a longing in me for 12 shafts.......or more....... sigh...

Dorothy said...

The echo weave looks lovely, seems like you've put those 12 shafts to good use!

I wonder if I could make echo weave work prettily on my 8 shafts, might have to take up the challenge.

Leigh said...

Wow! It looks wonderfully complex and eye-catching.

I can see why you want new deck railing. Do show a photo of the completed project!

bspinner said...

I've never seen echo weave. Beautiful!!!!

Your deck looks good. Can't wait to see it when its finished.

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love the colors and the way the echo is making it look like there are even more;) What a great combo!!!

Sharon said...

Dense question - are you weaving with singles? Why would your floating selvedge be either Z or S - Wouldn't it be a balanced yarn??

Lynnette said...

Hi Sharon,
You should look at your yarn carefully, some yarn like soft plyed silk, tencel, soysilk and some homespun should have the final twist Z(to the left) facing away from you as you sit on the bench. If you have reversed them end for end after you cut from the cone, your reed can actually untwist and fray the short fibers off of them each time you beat. There is some physics law (kenetic energy?)about pulling forward along the line of the twist with a slight right torque; if you are right handed you will always pull to the right. Anyway bottom line, it works for me.

Sharon said...

What a delightful trip for you. I love your "things I know" and appreciate what you share - thanks.

Life Looms Large said...

I'm way behind in blog reading....and I wanted to make sure I had time to savor your posts!

You totally make me want to try echo weave!! I've loved seeing the finished scarves, and I love these 'in progress' photos too! Before I experience the limitations of 12 shafts, I need to finish getting my 12 shaft looms set up!!

I love the picture of the yarn drying all along the eaves of your house!!!

Thanks for the tip and comments about S and Z twist.....I've been wondering if some of the extreme tracking I experience sometimes has to do with yarn twist. I'm still experimenting with it!

Sue