Monday, March 21, 2016

Beauty of crackle

Crackle woven as summer and winter. This photo is sideways, the warp is white.
Crackle has come to fascinate me. Since the workshop, I've been reading up on the structure, and now have both Wilson's and Snyder's book along with Lucy Brusic's Crackle Weave Companion. The whole subject fascinates me and I think the red and white sample detail explains it the best. The warp in this case is white (the sample is on its side). You will notice in some spots how the warp appears to form diamonds. The warp is doing all kinds of interesting things. Mary Meigs Atwater, the grandmother of modern American weaving, termed this weave Crackle, for this very reason---it reminded her of the crackle effect on old pottery. The weave does have an unpronounceable name in Swedish,  but we American weaver's took Atwater's advice and call it "Crackle."

Crackle woven as lace
The one above is woven in a lace treadling. I love all the shapes it makes! I'm thinking I'd like to try some curtains in this weave. We will have to see what happens.

Polychrome treadling
Polychrome is one of my favorites and I am itching to put a warp of scarves on so I can try a few things with my supply of Tencel. But I do have a warp already wound for overshot placemats. I could easily change the plan to Crackle placemats and I'm already looking at a few ideas. Regardless of what it will be, there is definitely Crackle in my future!

With the warming days, my spinach is growing, but also receiving visitors! If you look in the upper right you can see where someone was excavating and leaving nesting materials. I took the lid off the cold frame to discourage any thoughts that my spinach patch is "cozy" and "homey"

This weekend, DH and I--well mostly DH---set out three more raised bed garden squares and filled them with dirt. We now have 20 square feet of garden space! I plan to transplant the spinach out there later this week, before the rabbits find the cold-frame and make salad!

Happy Spring everyone! Hope you all have a great week!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Snap. crackle, pop

Polychrome crackle at the top, lace below

 A three day workshop on crackle weave left me both inspired and a little tired. I've already changed my mind about one project I was going to do in favor of crackle, and that's not all. I can see long warps of scarves in my future.

The workshop was taught by Beth Duncan and sponsored by my guild Illinois Prairie Weavers. I warped up the old structo artcraft and rolled it into the workshop on a luggage cart. I haven't used this loom much as weaving on a table loom is much more time consuming than the floor looms I use, among other drawbacks. But I enjoyed weaving on it and getting to know my way around the loom.

Vintage walnut workshop loom.
Crackle is a really versatile structure, and we learned how to incorporate different kinds of treadling sequences and color combinations to make interesting effects. This turned out to be fascinating. Because I'm a slow weaver, when I got home, I wove a ton more samples, such as the one above! That is a three tone polychrome weave in gold, green and dark brown.  I am almost done with the warp.

Done as overshot
Weaving crackle like overshot is the most common way, but there are other interesting effects created using color combinations. I tried the overshot method in two colors, and tried different tabby colors too.

Spinach is getting big

I can see spinach in my future! It is growing! So are the flowers outside. I should have some daffodils soon. We are having a very early spring this year. I won't complain about it. It's hard to believe I used to be one of those people who liked snow. But when it does snow, there's never time to enjoy it. With work, snow is all about shoveling and traffic being slow. Once free time rolls around, the snow is melted, or turned to ice. Sad. There isn't much time to like it anymore.