Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of Grand Rapids
This Guild provides us with a fascinating study woven using Tencel and bamboo. Members chose to compare a “Star of Bethlehem” pattern done as regular overshot to one done in shadow weave for their swatch. They altered the tie-up for a jack loom twill treadling. The shadow weave was woven by throwing a regular pattern shot followed by a shot thrown consistently either one shed higher or lower than the pattern shot. After sampling the treadling order was finessed to produce balanced patterns.
Black Sheep Weavers
Weftovers Study Group
Because of the rich weaving heritage known to Hartland we decided to base our pattern on Weaving Designs by Bertha Hayes-Miniature Overshot Patterns by Norma Smayda, Grethen White, Jody Brown and Katharine Schelling. We chose “Linoleum”, design 34 on page 134. We then decided to weave it as a shadow weave. Thanks to Gisela Bosch’s expertise and her weaving program we developed this pattern
Toledo Area Weavers Guild
This swatch was inspired by a 2015 workshop, Three Shaft Weaves, with JoAnn Bachelder. The number of possibilities opened up by simple changes in threading or color is amazing, You will never look at your 4 shaft loom quite the same way again.
The color and weave draft produces a two sided fabric, one side light, the other dark. Both sides feature a vertical stripe that could be emphasized or lessened according to your color choices. A monochromatic palette, high contrast yarn, even solids vs spaced dyed. Also, a great stash buster for those cones with limited yardage.
MLH Member: Margaret Jones, member of the Niles, MI Guild
and Duneland Weavers Guild in Chesterton, IN
The first time I saw this towel was in the middle of an E-book of Top Ten Towels on 8 shafts: A Project Collection PDF by Handwoven Magazine. It is a four shaft weave! Go figure. The pattern is called “Roller Birds and Bumbaret” by Jean Hewsted. She was trying to capture the colors of a very colorful African bird.