Monday, 8 November 2010

24 shaft patterns - all the fun


24-shaft weavin in the house yo!

i think that's enough pretend hip-hop talk for now, eh?

so yeah, here are three of the more successful results of my cotton warp on 24 shafts. i am really beginning to envy the 3rd and 4th years working on compu-dobby systems now. you spend 2 hours weaving and 2 hours making a peg plan, and it hurt my back putting little pegs into little holes. and of course all the little pegs and the little holes are almost imperceptibly different sizes, so not all pegs fit all holes, and sometimes you have to stuff wee bits of yarn in as well to get them to stay. and then sometimes they're not far in enough and they jam the dobby mechanism, and sometimes they're too far in and they jame the dobby mechanism. and sometimes a link breaks and the whole mechanism jams. and sometimes all the shafts lift at once and you can't figure out why. and sometimes shafts just bounce off their strings and you can't figure out why, and then after a week's weaving Drew says you're weaving too fast and they're bouncing and you think to yourself maybe it'd be a good idea to tie them in a little bits so they don't fall off their strings, but you've already nearly finished this warp now, so maybe leave it for another time, but there's no way that you're going to let that stop you weaving quickly because dammit you enjoy weaving as quickly as you can, isn't that what it's all about? and besides what other exercise do you get besides walking to college and back, it's not like you can afford a subscription at the gym is it?

so yeah, problems, but that's just the way isn't it? these are the clearest patterns, the others are either basics like plain weave and twill or too busy to come out properly on the screen and probably aren't worth repeating. i'm coming to realise that in dobby weaving simplicity is key and maybe it's best leaving the celtic knotwork till we get to make jacquard designs.

also, i should spend more time in the drafting stage and try to start wrapping my head around using non-straight drafts in order to get more variety in pattern. though i also realise good handle, drape and simplicity of pattern are much more important in most commercial household textiles, because complicated and busy patterns have a tendency to do your brain in if you look at them too much, and people generally want calming simple textiles for curtains and upholstery and the like

but i really would like to get into undulating, large-repeat twills and such, cause i think they're pretty.

here be following close ups of the previously photied fabrics.

 this be a combination of 3/1 left facing and 1/3 right facing twills, in sections of 4 x 4
 the second is a single element from a celtic knotwork repeat. the only one i can get to work. i had aspirations to make celtic knotwork. As the best i can do is a single pattern block and that takes all the shafts i've got access to i think i might leave it for a better day and a newer machine with a more sophisticated shedding mechanism ;-)

For our next project we're to be weaving/printing textiles for casting concrete with. researchers at edinburgh uni are researching the use of textile formers for casting concrete and are interested in the different textures that the textile applies to the concrete. porosity and elasticity of the fabric are both greatly important (porosity definitely, and elasticity probably, i reckon)

i have lots of ideas, i think i'm going to enjoy this project so much that i'm going to put my private projects on the back burner until this is finished.