Monthly Archives: January 2014

Weave Structure Sample Book

I’ve decided to put together a medieval weave structures sample book.  Basically, small samples of all the weave structures I can document to medieval Europe.

I’m going to do them all in a natural-colored 8/2 unmercerized cotton, with a small section of colored weft to show the weave better.  I’m hoping the constant yarn will allow the differences in weave structure to show without distractions from different fibers/textures.

I will compile these all into a sample book with a description of the draft, historical details, and weaving draft.

Step one is to go through all my books and try to find as many drafts/extant textiles as possible.

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Weaving Day

I’ve managed to make a good dent in this set of wickelbander.  I decided to just leave the twill edge, rather than add a floating selvedge. I’m not sure I’m happy with that decision, but we’ll see after wet finishing.  2 yards down, 6 to go.

Wickelbander

Weaving in progress

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Once More With Feeling

Since I bought some extra wool I’m going to run off one more set of wickelbander, before moving on to other things.

These will be exactly the same as my black and red wickelbander, but with white warp instead of black.

Warped

Warped. The brown wool here is just whatever I had handy to check my threading.

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Another Set of Wickelbander Done

Yesterday I finished my another set of wickelbander.

Wickelbander

Blue and white wickelbander

These are done with Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/20. The wool itself was lovely to work with, and I had very few broken ends. It felted a bit funny during finishing, unfortunately.

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