Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Theo Moorman Technique Part Two

The Theo Moorman inlay scarf is finished, and it wove up very quickly considering that it was finger manipulated. The scarf looks like tiles of brilliant colour, separated by big airy spaces.
The coral blocks are medium sized silk singles produced by Debbie Bliss, the green blocks are hand dyed silk slub from The Silk Tree.
Here it is just off the loom, draped over the back of the loom, with the Venetian blind slat place holders still woven in. The pattern that I chose for the inlay blocks was based on an X of the coral silk with the centre square of the green. I wanted to achieve a strong graphic pattern that really showcased the inlay blocks and I think I succeeded. The colours I chose all have the same value, so it’s the shape that really stands front and centre.
When the scarf is shown with the full pattern, the pattern looks more like diamonds than an x cross; although not what I had envisioned I’m more than happy with the graphic look.
The scarf has a very unique drape. The blocks of plain weave are very firm and have little movement, but there is plenty of movement in the unwoven blocks and the open work. The overall feel is very soft and silky; the stainless steel doesn’t seem to be affecting the drape at all and adds so much shine!
The edges of blocks are a little loose, but the stainless steel and the inlay really hold the warp threads in place nicely, so there isn’t much migration between blocks at all.
It is a very different style of scarf to what I have done before and I’m completely taken with the bold blocks of colour.


Turid Holm Flaa said...

It was very nice. And what a good idea to do it this way. Thanks for the inspiration.

Delighted Hands said...

It turned out a lot more stable than I expected! Beautiful!

Marion B. said...

What a lovely scarf and what an idea to weave a scarf like this, this way. You inspire me again.

deborahbee said...

This is really beautiful and takes weaving design to another place.I have been looking at Theo moorman's work and find it fascinating. Thank you for the detailed images

Felizitas said...

I wonder if it stays stable. We are diskussing this problem with some other weavers.
I tried something similar for a curtain, but I was afraid that the threads will spread out, so I never wove it.


It's truely a lovely piece of artwork. I love the colors and the technique thanks for sharing it with us.

Lynnette said...

Hi Felizitas,
I believe that this scarf will remain stable due to the inlay wefts. The warp threads are caught up in the inlay application every two or three blocks, so they can't migrate more than 3" unlike some other scarves of this type without the inlay. The other stabilizing factor is of course the stainless steel thread, it is very thin so it weaves well, but it is also completely unstretchable, so as you snug it into the inlay like any wire it stays put.

Becky said...

Cool! I tried a scarf like this, but it didn't work. Now I have some new ideas to use. Thanks!

Margreet said...

Yes, Moor, man!
Beautiful scarf it has turned into with a lovely design. How does it feel around your neck as you mention that it has turned out stiffer than you wished it to be.

charlotte said...

The scarf is beautiful! The stainless steel thread is very interresting, and I wonder if it's possible to buy it in Europe. Is it a bit stiff, or is it soft like "normal" yarn?

Lynnette said...

Hu Charlotte,
The stainless steel yarn is about the grist of 2/30 silk. The fine round wire is plied with merino wool, so it's very soft and has lots of movement, it doesn't bend and hold a shape;it actually floats in the air almost weightless! The woven blocks are firm but not hard and that is due to the sett I used, not the stainless steel.