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.

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.