Taquete Binding

Today I wound my next warp and cut off my damask sampling warp. I am setting up , my drawloom to learn taquete. I know most weavers use standard looms for this now, but I will be basing my taquete on historical examples, which are believed to have been woven on a drawloom. Plus, all the designs I plan to userequire more shafts than I have on any other loom.

Family Hoods

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The woven fabric has been used to create a pair hoods my husband, myself, and incidentally our son who often ends up wearing the unlined hood. The hood design is based on the Skjoldehamn hood (Løvlid, 2009). This hood was carbon dated to 995-1029 AD (Løvlid, 2009). The extant hood is made from three pieces, two gores and a quadratic main piece.

Taquete Sample 1

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These are my first taquete samples. These samples were woven on my drawloom as part of an experiment to see how weaving taquete would work on a drawloom. There is much debate as to whether there sumptous fabrics were woven on the drawloom or using heddle rods. I will experiment furhter weaving taquete samples on a table loom, which somewhat simulates a hortizontal loom with heddle rods.

These patterns used for this sample come from Tabby to Taquete. These are advanced designs from the later part of the book, these designs were taken from burial pillows found in Egypt.

Damask Samples

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These are the first samples I have produced on my drawloom. It took me ages to get my drawloom set up, but now that it is ready to go I'm cruising along and having a lot of fun! Here are my samples so far. I will come back and write more about each one soon!

Diamond Twill Fabric

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This diamond twill fabric will be made into garb for our family. I started by warping the loom with a solid blue warp, threaded as a broken point twill. I then wove a sample using every colour wool I own in the same size, so everyone in the family could choose their preferred weft. The loom was warped with just over 9 meters, 22" wide at 20 ends per inch. The sample wove up at just about a meter. I will weave up the cloth for our son, TAJ, who chose a very dark purple for his weft. Yes he's only 2, but he really likes making choices.

Dyeing to colour

I have log admired those fibre artists who only buy white or natural coloured yarns and dey all the colours they use. I have long said I would never be one of those people...well that might just change. We had to cancel the second half of our spring break plans, after our son was accidentally exposed to a child who had chicken pox. So rather than being out and about this spring break we have been homebound. I have been promising the students from my Raglan dye class 2 other colours and the webmaster of the Cambridge Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers Guild photos of dyeing for the website.

Silk and cotton a comparison

A friend asked me recently if I ever weave with silk, my initial answer was no. Then I remembered a number of years ago I had woven a set of silk garters (lefg) for a friend and a silk belt on my rigid heddle loom, but it was not fine silk. I have seen a number of lovely silk weavings posted on Weavolution, which inspired me to order some more silk and in a smaller size. Around the same time, I noticed my notes on cotton cloth in the Middle Ages and began looking into organic cotton.

Cotton

This blog entry is by no means a comprehensive research paper on the use of cotton in any time period. It is a compilation of my recent thoughts on the use of cotton in period and a possible explanation for the common misconception that cotton fabric was not in use in the Middle Ages. I was also recently met with surpise when I discussed cotton as a yarn which was available to some weavers in the Middle Ages.

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