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
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!!.
The 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 long.
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.