I received a surprising phone call the other day. A woman had seen my work at the Athens Arts Gallery and was looking for a weaver's opinion regarding some family heirlooms. We set up a time for her to come over and this is one of the things she brought--a piece from a coverlet that her great-grandmother had woven!
Even more amazing to me than the beautiful weaving was the repair job. Do you see the faded blue rectangle in the middle of the photo? It is a patch that was sewn onto the coverlet. ~The weaving studio at Conner Prairie recently had a reproduction coverlet that needed repair and this type of repair is precisely what we were discussing. So amazing to see it in person!
I've been doing some sampling for a blanket. The weave structure is M's and W's and is from Carol Strickler's Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. The cool thing about these samples is that by turning the tie-up, I was able to change where the floats appeared. In the sample on the right, the floats are in the colorful stripes. In the middle sample, the floats are in the cream stripes. On the left, the floats alternate in a checker board pattern from colorful to cream and back. Unfortunately, I think that the floats are too long and need to go back to the sample warp and try again. (On the one hand, I'm disappointed. On the other hand, I'm grateful that I'm learning this now, and not after I put on two blankets worth of warp!)
The pencil is under one of the floats.