Friday, August 04, 2006

Fair Weather

Well, it's time again for the county fair. Receiving, judging and set up are this week, and the fair begins next Wednesday.

I've agreed to demonstrate inkle weaving, and have been working to clear off my inkle loom of the band I set up several months ago for the CNCH demonstration.

Very little weaving had been accomplished since May, so I had to get this off the loom:

CNCH demo band

To start this:

fair demo band

This is an easier pickup system to weave while distracted, and the fair is anything but a calm environment! There are children, dogs, cotton candy, popsicles, ice creams and other sticky substances in abundance. So, I wanted a simpler band, easier to weave and keep track of my place, and easier for fair goers to try. This pickup system is complementary: if one thread is picked up, another corresponding thread is dropped (unlike the supplementary of the black/red band, where pattern threads are picked up and dropped off at will, according to the draft).

I've done this S pattern often. I learned it from Ed Franquemont, one of my favorite-of-all-time teachers. Sadly, Ed died a few years ago, he was a spell-binding tale-weaver, as well as a fabulous spinner and weaver himself.

Ed called this pattern Kutij, translated to That Which Returns, for obvious reasons:

that which returns

Threading for this pattern is also easier than the Eastern European threading for the black/red band above: there is a border of any number of threads, then the pattern section is threaded with alternating colors, dark/light. This area would be horizontal bands of alternating colors, if no pickup patterning occurred.

I like to weave That Which Returns with the direction of the S alternating, and on a good day, alternate the colors of the motif and background. The fair not being designated a good day, as far as weaving concentration goes, I'll just weave a band of plain S's.

I'll be at the Fair Wednesday and Thursday, other guild members will be there too, and also on the weekend. Come by and say hello, if you are in the area, and try your hand at pickup inkle band patterning!

7 Comments:

Blogger Birdsong said...

I amy have to come by just to see you and Jean; my day is Friday. Here's hoping for the kind of weather we have had this week!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Cool! I think I may just be able to figure this one out.

12:05 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

That is a very beautiful pattern. I must admit, I'm drawn to the simple, elegant ones....

3:34 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

Ooh, purdy. That is really lovely and looks like a fun pattern to weave.

I remember feeilng incredibly sad when I heard that Ed F had passed - another on my list of teachers I had dearly hoped to take a class from someday. Everyone I know who was lucky enough to take a class from him considered him to be incredibly knowledgable and a delightful teacher. Wonder what he is weaving now. :-)

10:02 AM  
Blogger sillyewe said...

Oh, Inle weaving looks so fascinating. That pattern is lovely. Looking forward to seeing the shawl finished. :0)

11:59 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

I miss Ed every single day. Until he died I had no idea what an enormous gap one person could leave. But I know he'd be happy that his ideas live on, and your bands are truly beautiful. Sometimes I like to weave kutij and meander into mayo k'enko and back again... Kutij is related to words such as "pachakutij" which has connotations of world transformation or turning the world upside down. For me it seems particularly appropriate to think of Ed with this pattern, because he revolutionized the way I think of weaving.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Sonia_K said...

I'd love to buy the black and red one. Is it for sale?

5:52 PM  

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