I almost always use the Handweaving net for my sample source. First off, most of the books represented there are at least 100 years old. And secondly, there are so many draft choices that there is always something interesting to try. The drafts of Christian Morath are a treasure and there are an abundance of 16 shaft tie ups that would be problematic because of long floats if you wove them thread by thread. If you use them as profile drafts they work beautifully. I found several tie ups that I liked and coverted them to a lace threading and treadling. And then, of course, I lost track of where I found the particular draft I used for my samples. This is a big no no for the sample exchange which wants to know where you got your draft. I had to explain the error of my ways on my draft sheet because by the time I realized I didn't have a source reference, the sample cloth had been woven and cut off the loom.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
It's a Lace Love Affair
I belong to several Complex Weavers study groups and one of my favorites is the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts . The leader of the group is Marjie Thompson who is a powerhouse of knowledge about old weaving draft books from the past. Each year, some of us in the group participate in a sample exchange in which we use a weaving draft from a book or manuscript that is at least 100 years old. This is a mighty sample exchange, because you weave 52 samples and get back 50 and they range from 2 shafts up to 40 (I haven't seen any jacquard woven samples yet).