and in the grey and the black.
While at JCCFS a few weeks ago I did have a chance to work on
a draft for my future coverlet.
|Sample I did at JCCFS|
That pattern (Mary Ann Ostrander from Davidson’s book) is one that I wove when I was 19 years old while taking a weaving semester at Berea College in Kentucky.
I was very brave or maybe just naive to weave an overshot pattern on my second ever weaving.
|My second ever weaving!|
|Notice all the mistakes?|
This throw was woven with both wool in the warp and the weft and it has been so long ago that I don’t remember the reasoning why.
That is not the traditional way for coverlets, which were usually a cotton or linen warp and tabby, with wool as the pattern weft.
I took my throw to the coverlet class to have an example of all the mistakes
I made: beating incorrectly, mistakes in treadling and
sewing the wrong sides together!
Still it is pretty good for an 19-year-old novice.
I would not advise any new weaver to start out on overshot patterns but that is why I fell in love with weaving.
Every throw of the shuttle and the fabric developing was like magic to me.
I have woven a lot of overshot but not in the traditional way.
I love to see what color can do to the patterns and have worked with enlarging or decreasing motifs and tables within the drafts.
This red warp is a table runner using the pattern I wove so long ago
but with a few adjustments in threading and treadling.
|Black Wool pattern thread and silver pearl cotton tabby.|
|Red wool pattern thread and black pearl cotton tabby.|
The colors are subtle and without a lot of contrast (I’m waiting on a shipment of grey wool which will provide contrast), but will make very pretty table runners. One of them will be a donation for the TRAC auction, which is held in October to raise funds for our arts council.
I’ll post a pic of them when they are off the loom and hemmed.