Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabric Theresa Ruch

Theresa has a passion for color and this shows in her work. She likes color on color, pattern on color and the subtle sheen of fibers like bamboo and tencel. Theresa enjoys creating a certain drape in her fabrics to get the special effects that are not often found in commercial fabrics. She uses this drape to create garments that are a delight to wear.


Teresa worked as a sample weave and textile designer in industry before she opened Teresa Ruch Designs, her business that has been in production since 2009.  Originally focused on weaving, the yarn has become a larger part of her business in the last 2 years.  She maintains an emphasis on color and hand in both the yarn and weaving.


Theresa met her first loom at University and never looked back. She worked in a textile mill as a sample weaver then as a fabric designer, taught textile design, and color theory. She sells dyed yarns across the USA and dyed the color ways for NM, Reno Convergence. Color is her life.


Workshop Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to understand how drape can be created in a handwoven fabric. It is a combination of fiber characteristics, yarn twist, the sett (ends per inch), the weave structure or the number of intersections of yarn per inch and the finish of the fabric. These factors contribute to the drape of the fabric.


Each of the participants will be given a painted/dyed warp ahead of time to warp their looms at a specific sett. This warp will be of either 5/2 tencel, 10/2 tencel. Each participant will be sent a dyed/painted warps and warping instructions. I will bring the wefts for you to use. Two sets of samples will be woven; one to be left as is and the other to be wet finished so you can see the change in the hand and drape. There should be enough left of the warp to weave a short/blazer scarf, 55 to 60 inches. Discussion will include the weight, drape and possible end use of each sample and why it would better for certain garments over another type.


Class Limit: 15


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