Sunday, November 11, 2012

Deflection, Differnential Shrinkage, Doubleweave

This picture and this description...It does make you think...what's going on here? Ruby Leslie lead a dozen or so weavers through her Deflection, Differential Shrinkage and Doubleweave workshop. Each weaver brought in a loom ready to weave one of Ruby's patterns.
The samples were woven in classic round robin style. Her lectures discussed the interlacements of doubleweave, choices of fibers and the changes to expect. She explained that fibers shrink differently, and in doing so, move other fibers around. Here are two examples of the patterns chosen for the workshop.
The color dynamics and interweaving made this workshop unique. And yet, there was more...
After weaving, the samples were to be xeroxed, washed and dried. Now this is where the miracles occurred. It was mind-boggling to see the results, ruffles, crinkles, puffs, felting...Each of these changes dramatically altered the fabric size, design or texture. What can you do with crinkles or ruffles? This picture is a camisole that Ruby designed from yards and yards and yards of ruffle, and further embellished it to make it even more festive.
Now I know y'all are just dying to know what really was happening in that first picture...No, I wasn't praying I could weave, nor trying to sneak away. It really was timer on my camera decided I wanted 10 shots and not one...oh, well, technology wins again, amidst copious laughter. We laughed a lot and learned a lot...great workshop.

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