Sunday, February 9, 2014

Crackle Weave Workshop

Last year Gayle said that she would like to offer a Crackle Weave workshop at her house because she's been wanting to know more about it and the best way to learn something is to teach it.
Over the past several weeks, a half dozen guild members have worked to organize materials and warp two Schacht Wolf Pup and three 8-shaft Baby Wolf looms.  All the rest of us had to do was just show up yesterday.
Jen and Julie are helping Kathy work on this lace draft.  It's a single shuttle weave but that's because the shot of tabby is the same weft as the pattern shot. This was my favorite, but it had been a pickle to warp.  Jen and Julie showed us the sample they had cut off a couple of days ago before changing the sett and resleying.  The difference was magic, an ethereal lace that just seems to float across the cloth.
This is Gayle's loom which she warped with a Summer-and-Winter-appearing block weave.  She showed us two gorgeous scarves that she already woven in this structure.   This was a round-robin so we all were encouraged to weave on every loom and Suzanne is taking a turn here.
Darla is weaving on one of the Pups and I just changed my mind.  This was my favorite of the weaves and I think that's because it's something I could easily do on my Dorset without tying up (is that a pun?) one of my other looms.  It's the first draft on page 131 of Anne Dixon's book and would make great jacket material.  Even though it was a two shuttle weave, it was easy to follow.

I can only speak for my experience but I pushed myself into trying weave structures that I initially didn't understand.  I wove for as much of the five hours as I could.  I was surprised at how much heavier it is to lift eight shafts than the four that I'm accustomed to and my sore legs this morning reaffirmed that.  Now it's up to me to take the next step, warp one of my looms and do some homework.  I can't wait to see what Gayle wants to learn about next.


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