Taking a weaving technique on a journey produces such a spirited and freeform opportunity in a woven cloth. I’m calling it a journey weave because some of the techniques I learnt directly from Kenzo Jo in Japan lack established nomenclature (I think so?- Irene Emery’s classic Primary Structures of Fabrics is on my dusty wishlist.) This cloth is just an extension of one of those techniques – the Mt Fuji technique. It reminds me of this. For the weave techs it doesn’t use any supplementary weft except to add extra splashes of colour. It uses the same weft thread throughout in a rhythmical progression of overdoing the weft ease as you go.
As I used cotton I know I will be possibly caught up in doorknobs everywhere if I create some clothing but if I used wool and modified the ease I think it would work very well in clothing. But I’ll try it with cotton anyway.
I just can’t get enough of the clasped weft technique! And neither can others. I’ve never heard anyone say “please don’t show me that one as it bores me senseless”.
Easy and rhythmical, it can be done with just two yarns or many more, can introduce an auto pick on pick shading or solid blocks of colour. Find out how to do it in my new blog post at Craftsy – Clasped Weft Weaving – Easy High Impact Designs to Try.
You can see here two photos of different ways of using an extension of the simpler technique outlined in the Craftsy blog. To have an independent patterning in the middle three different yarns are used and this technique is the next step up from using two yarns. See too, how colours and even additions of inlay add to the mix in designing to create a very lively and alive textile.
As the technique revolves around the locking of two yarns/colours together it allows for very high impact designs just by changing the position of that lock on every row. You can plan and play on paper first or just go straight in and build a row by row stepped pattern. I’m fascinated by that locking point – so much potential. See a this previous blog entry and this one on the technique.