All of these weave structures are from extant pre-17th century textiles. Click on the image for more information.
They are all woven in the same yarn (8/2 unmercerized cotton) with a natural-colored warp. Half of the sample is woven with a natural-coloured weft, and half of the sample is woven in a contrasting blue weft. The purpose of this is to show the weave structure as much as possible, and also display how the weave affects textiles done in the same materials. The thread used is much thicker than would be found on the extant textiles, to make it easier to see.
(Why did I chose unmercerized cotton? These samples travel and are frequently handled – unmercerized cotton is durable, washable, and inexpensive enough that I can replace worn out or damaged samples).
June 2016: Please note this is a work in progress. I am in the process of coping over my citation, weaving drafts, and adding further where/when references. I will also be weaving more samples as time allows. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Since figured textiles are, well, figured – I have to do this a bit differently. I’m not focusing on the figures (there’s a gazillion of them), but on the weave, so I’m using the same figured design for all of these samples. I’ve chosen a design from Il Burato (Paganino, c. 1527). It’s a relatively simple pattern, that is complex enough to show the difference the weave makes to its appearance.