This is the second in my series of occasional postings about my earlier days weaving.
Here is a detail of that rug:
The profile draft for this rug was a straight draw, using each block twice. The design resided in the tie-up and the treadling draft followed an undulating twill. To wit:
Later that year, in December 1988, I did another one of these Plaited Rugs. The idea was pretty much the same, creating a sense of space with color blending and bending and stretching the design motif in various ways.
Here is a detail:
Here is a scanned page from my notebook showing the color gradations (which didn't scan very well!) I used and my profile draft:
Eventually I decided that these kinds of weavings were too expensive both to make and to sell, and too cumbersome to store and exhibit.
I did some rugs with commercially dyed rug wool, and it was this one that set me on a path:
Ironically, that path was not to weave more rugs, but to weave small tapestries with cotton warps and cotton wefts. The technique, though, Taquete, would remain the same.
I called this rug Straight Draw Rug #1 (working title, not exhibition title). and it was the prototype for my method of design from quite a while after that.
More next time!