My eBook “The Mermaid Scarf & The Freeform Overshot Technique “ explains this flexible weave structure and how to design your own patterns and weave patterns designed by others in detail.
I finished assembling my 16-shaft table loom. I’m ready to start warping it for my flowing curves advancing twill pattern. Because I’m mixing a 200-end warp and a 400-end warp, I will make stripes to mix the patterns evenly. Rainbow Bright 5/2 cotton hand painted warp from Carr Park Artisans. I’m weaving fabric for clothing, as usual. I don’t know what I will make with the fabric from this 5-yard warp yet.
A 16-shaft pattern for my new table loom. I have not yet added heddles to the shafts because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to weave for my first project, so I didn’t know if the heddles should be spread out evenly among the shafts, or not (huck lace requires that half the warp ends be on shafts one and two, for example). I have 600 heddles, the exact number I need for the hand painted warp with which I will be threading the loom. The design is an advancing point twill threading with an advancing twill liftplan. It’s based on a draft by Bonnie Inouye. Her draft is only half as high and has mostly horizontal waves. I want clothing fabric with vertical waves. It took me hours and hours to extend the advancing twill treadling and finesse the design for my needs. Now I’m off to finish putting the loom together!
I’m experimenting with diamond twill patterns in my weaving software for my Rainbow Chenille Scarf. Weaving software only goes up to 64 shafts. Because my scarf is 120 ends wide, and I want complete flexibility of design (no shaft constraints), I’m working on two WIF files at once, each 60 ends wide, that are meant to be woven side-by-side with a pick up stick. I will publish pattern sections as I finish them if you want to weave along with me. I will publish the entire pattern for less money, too, like I did with the Goddess and Seashell Scarves.
Diamond twill doodles for my Rainbow Chenille Scarf. I’m playing around with pen and graph paper while I look through weaving pattern books at twills: diamond twills, advancing twills, M and W tills, expanded twills, complex twills. A twill structure has floats at least two ends long in both the warp and weft. for 4-shaft looms, the possibilities include 2/2 twills, 2:1/1:2 twills, and 3:1/1:3 twills. With more shafts, twills become more complicated. An eight shaft twill could be 2/1/3/2, for instance: over two, under one, over three, under two. Using a pick up stick means I have no limitations on the complexity of the diamond twills I create!
Because I am not planning to use tabby, as I would with freeform overshot, I’m keeping the floats to a maximum of three ends long. The plan is to create larger complex motifs surrounded by tessellated diamond twills and diagonal twills to fill in the gaps. My hope is that the end result has a naturalistic, fractal look, like a rock containing many crystals of different sizes and colors. Nest, it’s time to play around in my weaving software program. I will publish my scarf pattern in it’s entirety.
Wikipedia defines a tessellation as, “the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. In mathematics, tessellations can be generalized to higher dimensions and a variety of geometries.”
I finished warping my Cricket rigid heddle loom with my Rainbow Freeform Twill Chenille Scarf warp. To save as much yarn as possible at the front end, I made overhand knots for each group of warp yarn and then zigzagged a piece of yarn through them and around the warp rod for even tension. This technique would work on all warps! Right now, I’m looking through my weaving pattern books and playing around with design ideas. I will weave a mixture of 4-. 6-, 8-, 12-. 16-, 24-, 32-, and higher-shaft diamond twills. I will publish my complete scarf pattern after I am done.
Everything I weave is an experiment. I’ve been wanting to weave a rigid heddle twill pick up project for months. I’ve decided to warp my 10-inch Cricket with this 400 yard Blazing Shuttles hand dyed rayon chenille yarn.
Because this is a skein and I want a faux ikat look, I’m warping in a circle rather than back and forth. I have to warp the skein in a circle the same diameter as the original skein in order for the colors to line up. The cross (pictured) will ensure that the yarn remains untangled while the loom is warped.
I have enough yarn to weave a scarf. I plan to weave random pick up diamond twill and advancing twill patterns that change throughout the piece. At this time of year when the Southwest weather is sunny, warm and dry, I like having a project I can weave or knit outside on my patio.
I sold my rigid heddle-woven transgender pride flag scarf. I’m now taking custom orders for similar lacy cotton scarves. I have a one month weaving time if you want a scarf to wear to a pride event. I can weave rainbow, bisexual and pansexual scarves with yarn on hand, too, as well as other non-LGBT scarves in solid colors or vertical warp stripes of your choosing. Contact me through my Etsy shop.
Another finished project: My wife LynnAnnRose is a new weaver. I helped her weave her first rigid heddle and inkle loom projects: fabric and straps for a flowery pink log cabin tote bag. I finally got around to sewing it together yesterday. Sometimes handwoven fabric sits around a while before I’m brave enough to cut it and sew it together!
The bag fabric is 3/2 WEBS mercerized cotton yarn in light and dark pink. The inkle strap was woven with the same 3/2 dark pink yarn, a doubled 5/2 UKI light blue yarn for the flower petals, and yellow carpet warp mixed with hand-dyed rainbow-colored 5/2 tencel for the flower centers. The band’s plain weave flower design is a simplified version of the “clasped warp” technique in The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory; that pattern uses multiple warp yarns to change the colors of the flower centers.
I strengthened the bag’s rim with commercial cotton strap material I found at a thrift store, covered with magenta Ultrasuede, also bought second hand.