Summer School Workshops Jan 2018

Workshop 1  A design line and 3 echoes

After Marian’s workshop, I spent many hours working on design lines and finding ways of designing the weaves using Fiberworks rather than on paper.

I still feel it is valuable to design first on paper and then for further design and checking of design, to move to Fiberworks and this is the method I used with 7 students, many of whom had completed 3 years of weaving study with me.

samples of a design line and 3 echo workshop…7 students work

All the students had good knowledge of network drafting, advancing twills, double weave and use of Fiberworks weaving software. These are the results of 3 1/2 days of workshop.

The following are close-ups of 3 students samples.

Students worked in a variety of yarn and colours and were fascinated by the difference a change of weft could make and amazed at the results with a change of lift… all remarked on the variety of design  on the one threading.


20/2 silk at 35 epi, .

Candlewicking cotton 235yds / 25g  at 24 epi,   2 pd in a 12 dent reed

8/2 cotton, 2 per dent in a  50/10 reed or 25.7 epi

10/2 cotton , 30 epi or 3pd in a 40/10 reed

8/2 tencel  dented 3334 in a 10 dent reed or  33epi

Mercerized cotton  size16, 385m/50g… 3 per dent in a 40/10 reed..or 30 epi


Workshop 2  Explore Shadow Weave

Shadow weave sample on the loom

This workshop encourages participants to develop their own designs During the workshop, students worked on their own loom, developing  threadings first on graph paper, and then practising on Fiberworks software.

The above image was under tension on the loom, so it looks a little open.

Work developed by students after the workshop….  two scarves

New scarves from Denise

On the loom….

Alisons work on her loom after the workshop

and became some glasses cases….

Seeing te result of a workshop, and the student pieces afterwards is a great reward.  these are two reviews of the workshop from the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW website…


 16 January 2018 • SS7 Explore Shadow Weave

I thoroughly enjoyed the Shadow Weave workshop. I learned a great deal – a lot of incidentals about weaving generally as well as about shadow weave. My knowledge about weaving is a bit “hit and miss”; being from the country, I can only come to the occasional course. I do not have access to any continuous weaving education so these workshops are invaluable to me. Liz is a great tutor who is always encouraging and prepared to move at a tangent to fill in a “hole” in my learning if necessary.


 13 January 2018 • SS7 Explore Shadow Weave

This was an excellent workshop and I’m so glad I didn’t miss out. What a thorough delivery of this most interesting (and variable) weave. The theory was very helpful, as was the step-by-step progression, the walking through of designing on the computer (Fiberworks), before getting us going on our own designs. Now I feel so confident to choose my yarn, design my own Shadow weave (8 shaft and up) pattern and weave my cloth with the full understanding of the construction of this technique and where I can go with it . So worth the money!! Thank you.

Workshop 3 Kasuri- Patterns in the Weft

This was fun sociable workshop, lots of time to talk when skeins were being wrapped.

Here everyone is busy dyeing  with Procion dyes and winding and wrapping the resist area in their next skeins…

Kasuri from 3 differently dyed skeins

Some of the work during the workshop…

Kasuri pattern with two resist dyed areas

Our selvedges were a bit untidy,  but once one does some test skeins, and determines the amount of shrinkage during the dye process, selvedges can be even and neat.

Kasuri in 2 ply classic Bendigo wool, with 2 undyed areas forming the pattern

Two pieces of mine…

Kasuri with 2 unequal sized dyed areas, a large red, and a smaller cerise, with the rest of the skein black… loop mohair weft on a 2 ply classic Bendigo wool warp

Workshop with Marian in July- design line and 3 echoes

Echo weave scarves, with a design line and 3 echoes in 20/2 silk on 8 shafts

I was privileged to attend a 4 day workshop with Marian Stubenitsky at her home in Randwijk in the Netherlands. It was a wonderful opportunity to study her methods of echo weave with a design line and 3 echoes at regular intervals, and explore her book “Echo and Iris”.  When I came home I needed to start straight away…. with 8 shafts for the first ones, and started with a scarf warp.

The one on the left was set at 30epi for 20/2 silk with a brown weft and on the right I redented to 35 epi, (and I prefer this set) and wove with a blue weft…

The warp colours were a soft orange, an orange red, a bright cerise and dark purple.

The next two scarves were woven in double weave on the same echo threading.

Top one shows horizontal layers of interchanging warp, and the lower one is Marian’s multi colour double weave technique, resulting in true doubleweave over each small block.

Double weave scarves on an Echo threading

graded colours of 20/2 silk

.  Then I couldnt wait to get the wrap warp on!!

And looked first at the quantity of purple 20/2 silk yarn I had dyed ready to weave. I quickly realized that I didnt have enough of any colour and would have to blend the colours from one side of the loom to the other.

warp bundles ready to be placed in the raddle


threading from the raddle groups

The first echoes turned out well, and a challenge… it is the design challenge that I enjoy!!

First part of the echo wrap, almost a full repeat woven

and finished

Design 1

Design 2, echo woven as an As drawn in design

Second echo design on this threading… now sold.


Special Award by Complex Weavers

My Series of Three Scarves went on a a USA excursion
I first sent photos,: There were 5 jurors and 3 marked each article for jurying. This allowed the jurors to enter the exhibition. I received the jurors  extensive comments with notice of acceptance of the series of 3 scarves

This was the first time Complex Weavers have held a juried exhibition as part of their Seminar program..All the pieces were exhibited  in Hellada Gallery in Long Beach during Convergence, and again in Rockville, Washington DC during Complex Weavers Seminars

two  turned taquete  scarves nd a multiselvedge double weave scarf

Winning Series of Three Scarves- photo by Marie Clews

Two of these were woven in turned taquete.  Taquete is traditionally a weft faced weave, with a few ends in the warp and a high number of picks in the weft, using 2 or more shuttles and the weave was used for sturdy table runners and rugs.  By turning the weave, the many shuttles in the weft become the warp, and the one colour of the warp becomes the weft.
 In turned taquete, most of the work is in designing and threading the warp, and weaving with a single shuttle is easy. These were woven on a 32 shaft pointed threading in Australian Superfine 2/20 wool, at 48 epi with a 60/2 silk weft, at 30ppi.  The colours gradually changed across the warp. Turned taquete works well as scarves and wraps as the floats are now in the warp and the fabric drapes well.
 The same warp was used to weave the third scarf in a thread by thread designed double weave.  Much time is spent in front of the computer, working in the weaving software before weaving begins. The warp was 48epi, and  weft 48ppi of Australian superfine wool. It is a 4 selvedge double weave scarf where one section is wider than the other-this means that you are weaving by feel to control the width of the selvedge that is underneath that you cannot see!
 Just getting accepted was great, getting a prize of registration for the 2014 Complex Weavers Seminars was momentous!!.

Expanding Boundaries Exhibition

This is an exhibition of textiles designed and woven by Marie Clews and myself.  It seems far too soon after my holiday for an exhibition but  here it is.  Hornsby Library Art Space is a community art space that doubles as a meeting room..The Library is at 44 George St and only a very short walk from Hornsby station..

We are having weaving demonstrations on Thursdays- 18th & 25th October from 1-3pm  The exhibition dates are October 13-28.

It was great to see my double weave hangings exhibited as a group and I have included 2 wraps, a few scarves and 2 turned taquete hangings.

If you are thinking of coming, ring the Library on 98476813 to check that the Art Space is open and not closed for a meeting.

Exhibition: Enamels & Textiles April 17-23 2012 Palm House Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Scarves on a straight 8Heather and I set up our exhibition at the Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney on April 17th, opening at 12 noon.  The rush is on… all the last minute finishings that suddenly become urgent.

I’ve spent the weekend wet finishing the pieces that are complete, and this week getting the last warps on the loom.

These were woven on my Mecchia dobby loom.




Scarves on a straight 8

Hand dyed 3/20's machine washable wool warp, fine wool weft woven in oatmeal weaves. Soft handle, good drape. AUD $115


draftsof oatmeal weaves

Any 8 shaft tie-up with

  • a vertical cut between ends 4 and 5, and 8 and 1, and
  •  a horizontal cut between picks 4 and 5 and 8 and 1,

will weave as an oatmeal weave.  The warp or weft changes face at the cut line, giving a clean edge to the small block of 4 ends and 4 picks.










Next hanging

The next one is to be finished by Monday!!! Again in turned taquete on the same black and natural warp, using a gold-brown weft.  The second experience was quicker to weave,  mistakes were more recognizable and therefore easier to undo and reweave. I am enjoying using the Megadoo for a wider piece.

I used a free hand line design for the lifting plan, and tried to make the design vary for the entire length of the hanging.  I networked this design so that the image edges are rough and jagged- and spear like, to link to the tribal feeling.   I wove 2145 picks of a 2400 design, deciding that almost 2 metres was long enough. Part of the design and a close up are below.

Turned taquete hanging

Turned taquete hanging

A new start with Turned Taquete

Taquete Pattern HangingThe exhibition theme at Craftnsw, the gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW in the Rocks, Sydney, was “Pattern”. This was the stimulus for weaving hangings, with large patterns. Turned taquete produces large patterns. I designed an extended parallel threading which was one design in the threading without a repeat, and a long weaving repeat.  The lifting pattern starts to repeat approx. 1/3rd from the bottom.

The hanging is in hand-dyed 20/2’s silk, set at 36epi, and woven at 30ppi with the same silk. Normally a finer grist weft is used for turned taquete, but I wanted the cloth to have sufficient body to hang well. It was 81.5cm in the reed and reduced to 71cm after finishing, 150cm longweighting repaired ends.

Grey Hanging

There were quite a few knots in the yarn and at the finish of weaving, there was  a lot of hardware hanging off the back beam. These are small garden plant/basket hanging hooks which are a good weight for tensioning a single warp end.

In the pic of  the hanging on the loom, you can see that with the thicker weft, the structure shows that it has been derived from Summer and Winter, but the floats are warp floats.    A repaired thread is shown at the base of the pic with the thread wrapped around a pin.