Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Attention Master Weavers! Your expertise is required!

Attention Master Weavers! Your expertise is required!
For a New Study Group on ComplexWeavers.org!

Hello, I have been working on a Study Challenge for weavers interested in Complex Weave Structures on Simple Looms
and it seems to be taking a new direction.

I am starting a new study group on Complex Weavers.org
http://www.complex-weavers.org/index.htm

These study groups on ComplexWeavers are a serious endeavor...as you can
see from the requirements and policies they have regarding setting up
a new group.

http://www.complex-weavers.org/newgroup.htm

Attention ya'll....

So this is a call out to all you weavers out there...I am in search of
your expertise in complex weave structures on simple looms, like
Backstraps, Inkles, or Rigid Heddles...

These complex weave structures include double and triple cloth,
various supplementary and complementary warp and weft woven structures
using pick-up technique and finger manipulation and multi-loop
heddles, as described in depth by Adele Cahlander in Double Woven
Treasures from Old Peru. As this book will be the text used to study these woven structures.

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Woven-Treasures-Old-Peru/dp/0932394051/r...

I will be the administrative and study group chair, but I need a
mentor to be the go to person and help with any questions or issues
that may arise in the study group regarding the actual weave
structures.

Please contact me if you are interested volunteering a little time to
promote the craft of weaving.

If you are a member of a weave list or guild that may have someone who
would like to participate as the study groups mentor please pass on
the information on to them. In other words...shout out this request
to all that will listen....Master Weaver, please share your knowledge!

My email is jj@weftywoman.com

Thank you,
Wefty Woman
One Warped Bitch

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I would like to edit this post and add some new information. See the email correspondence between the ComplexWeavers.org Study Group
coordinator, Sara von Tresckow and myself regarding the new study group...I am very excited. I will be completing the questionnaire shortly and keep you posted on the progress of the new group. So, let the games begin!!!!!!!!!


Sara:

I am writing you regarding the organization of a new study group for Complex Weavers. Sheila Carey suggested I contact you about a Simple Looms Study Group of Complex Weave Structures.

These complex weave structures include double and triple cloth,
various supplementary and complementary warp and weft woven structures using pick-up technique and finger manipulation and multi-loop heddles, as described in depth by Adele Cahlander in Double Woven Treasures from Old Peru. As this book will be one of the text used to study these woven structures.

Other examples of these complex woven structures on simple looms, such as Rigid Heddles, Inkles, Ground and Backstrap looms will be those discussed by Peter Collingwood in The Techniques of Rug Weaving. New York: Watson-Guptill, 1968. Pg 449-451. And also various finnweave pickup techniques.

I have a few members of ComplexWeavers.org who have already expressed an interest in joining a study group as this.


Please let me know if this study group seems like a viable and acceptable new study group for ComplexWeavers.org, so that I can continue with the process of setting it up. I realize study groups on ComplexWeavers are a serious endeavor...as I can see from the requirements and policies you have regarding setting up a new group.

Thank you, JJ Walts

JJ,
Now that sounds like a concept. While I weave on everything from an Inkle to the TC-1, I am also very aware of the complexities of weaving on simple looms.
In my eye, the richest as well as the simplest weaves can be made on a set of strings attached to cross members - tabby, tapestry and knotted pile. Add the Peruvian double weaves in there - and there is a concept - one that can even be enhanced by the use of design software to quantify complex patterning before it is woven.
You would be a wonderful antidote to the "I have 40 shafts and don't know what to weave" crowd.
Please go out on the CW web site, fill out the questionnaire, and we can begin. Publicity will be a bit of an issue as the Feb. Journal has already gone to press. The next one is due out in June.
Oh, you'll also need to join Complex Weavers if you have not already done so.
Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Sara and Hans von Tresckow
The Woolgatherers
Fond du Lac, WI

Visit us on the web: www.woolgatherers.com

3 comments:

PB::JJ::WW said...

I would like to add one more thing regarding my search for a weaving mentor for the group. If you know of anyone who would be interested in being the go to person regarding the actual weave structures and technique please let me know so that I can perhaps contact them with this unusual and vital request...to help and pass on their knowledge and expertise regarding these difficult and time consuming pick-up and weaving technique.

-Wefty Woman

Mrs. Warp said...

This sounds so interesting!

PB::JJ::WW said...

I have a screenshot of the Complex Weavers Questionnaire for more information on this new Study Group.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3418/3271207924_b5a9c463af_o.jpg

Please contact me if you would like to get on the list for updates regarding the Weaving Complex Structures on Simple Looms Study Group.