My weaving study group, called ‘Exploring More’ is focused on weaving on more than four shafts. The topic we have chosen this time is ‘Parallel Threading’ and boy is it ever an exciting subject. The wonderful thing about parallel threading is that you can weave a huge catalogue of weaving structures as parallel. Anything from Twill to Summer and Winter to Crackle Weave are good candidates.
Because I am a very practical weaver and I really don’t like to make samples I decided that I would weave two scarves on the same warp but with different wefts and see where it takes me.
I wanted to create a very basic parallel threading and so I started with a simple twill on six shafts.
I began by utilizing my computer program to parallel only the warp.
My next step was to extend the tie up to twelve shafts and then to choose to treadle the weft ‘As Drawn In’. As Drawn in means that you treadle your weave in exactly the same order as the warp is threaded.
What makes this an Echo Weave is that I’m using a ‘split complementary’ colourway. This is two colours of the same hue which sit side by side on the colour wheel and then adding the colour in the same hue directly opposite them on the colour wheel, this trio is a split complementary. Whew, that was a mouth full; what I mean by hue is all three of these colours have the same colour saturation, no mixing pastels and full tones! I chose to use alternating blue and green in the warp and orange in the weft, yup...orange! It looks really full on, but what this trio of colours will bring is an optical illusion of a fourth colour, in this case that colour will be purple.
OK now I’ve explained what I thought I’d weave I decided to mess around with the pattern a bit and do a bit of copying and pasting and reversing and cutting...you know all the fun things a computer program does!
Then I thought.....hmmmmm.....why not see what happens when you mess about with the ‘split complementary’ and use green and orange in the warp and blue as the weft.