I am a professional weaver, specializing in complex weaves using fine threads. Most of my studio work consists of scarves, shawls, and wraps woven on a 48-inch, 24-shaft computer-assisted AVL dobby loom or wall art woven on a 48-inch, 1,440-heddle AVL jacquard loom.
You know it's the end when the tension on the selvedge threads on shafts 21-24 get wonky because there's not enough room to open the shed properly.
I can't say I'm sorry to see it off the loom; I'll probably never weave shadow weave again, but I'm okay with how the runners came out. Once I get the last two washed and hemmed, I'll post a group portrait.
It will be shorter than the table runners earlier in the series, but not by much. Although, you all know how a warp decreases in length faster toward the end of the warp!
Here is runner #5 in weaver's-eye view and in closeup:
I've been playing with the tieup to see how narrow the bands can be before the design becomes indistinguishable. At a distance the two areas (horizontal and vertical effects) are not very clear visually, but in closeup they do stand out. Click to enlarge.
This one is quite different from its predecessors on the shadow-weave warp. The treadling is based on an advancing twill, and the areas of horizontal and vertical stripes blend with one another when viewed from a distance. Only in closeup can you make out the delineating white and black 2-thread floats that outline each area.
There is still auite a bit of warp length left. However, I'm only about 1/3 done with the runner, so I don't want to assume that there's enough left for another (short) runner.
After several tries, I came up with another design that looked okay on the current threading. Where runner #2 was extended in the warp direction, this is compressed into small points. The points start small, grow gradually, stay the same size for the central section, and then decrease again.
The photo was taken at about 250 picks:
I must admit, this is not my favorite structure to design or weave. I'll be happy to see the end of the warp!
The first piece on the warp is now woven, and I've begun on #2. The first one was based on twill runs, tromp-as-writ; with lots of repeats of the central area. This one is based on blocks that advance by one shaft every 5 picks.
Well, I wove a few inches of the shadow-weave warp with the original sett (32 epi, and tighter for the rib weave selvedge ends), and decided that the sett was too tight. Especially on the selvedges, which refused to pack in appropriately (talk about smiley-face edges!). So I unwove all of it, and resleyed at 30 epi, including the selvedges.
The warp is retensioned, and resting overnight in its new configuration. Tomorrow's test will tell.
There was enough warp left to complete a full-size dish towel. And I love the way these interleaved threadings give me such gentle, dappled color blends!
The next project to go on the loom is for a guild challenge due in mid-June: a shadow-weave table runner. I'm going to keep it simple, black and white 20/2 tencel, and (for a change) a symetrical design. I've never woven shadow weave, but the jacquard loom gives me lots of practice with multiple shuttles, so the project should go quickly. More info to come.