Quiet Friday

 

handwoven rosepath band

Most of the intricacy is achieved through detailed arrangement of warp threads, using a turned rosepath draft. The design comes alive like magic as it’s woven with a rosepath treadling pattern.

 

threading draft for handwoven rosepath band

Weaving draft with complex threading pattern is hanging in view for constant reference while threading.

 

stabilize shafts for handwoven Rosepath band

Cords from the back of the loom to the front keep the shafts stable, made necessary by the very narrow weaving width.

 

handwoven rosepath band selvedges

First little bit is rough at the edges, but being my second attempt at starting, I’m simply thrilled it’s working! (First attempt had to be un-woven, un-tied, re-sleyed, and re-tied. Whew!)

 

handwoven rosepath band

First yard woven. Six to go.

 

weighted pattern threads for handwoven rosepath band

Slat separates the pattern threads (which weave in at a lesser rate of take-up than the plain weave threads) at the warp beam, and is drawn down with elastic cords. View is from the back of the loom.

 

handwoven rosepath band

Weaving is progressing rhythmically. The taut band makes a nice deep musical pitch when “plucked” on its way to the cloth beam. (I find it hard to resist making music.)

 

Handwoven rosepath band on cloth beam

Woven band follows its path to wind around the cloth beam, layer upon layer.

Quietly yours,

Karen

10 Comments

  • Elisabeth Munkvold says:

    Gorgeous!

    And now I will take some quiet time, too.

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  • Sandy says:

    Love your work and so glad you have a blog now. I had to dig out my book and study the draft also. I have a couple of questions. Did you use an actual 16.25 /inch reed and it looks like an error in the threading order at the far right where it said eight threads blue, is that correct? I am becoming friends with a Glimakra

    • Karen says:

      Sandy, I’m so pleased you stopped by!
      I used a 15-dent reed. Someday I’d like to convert to all metric reeds, but I’m not there yet. The 15-dent worked just fine.
      If you decide to do this project, let me know and I’ll try to explain the uneven sleying — at least how it ended up working out for me.

      Yes, on p. 113 of “The Big Book of Weaving” the 8 threads of blue at the far right of the Warp Sequence chart is an error. It confused me at first until I figured out it was probably a typo.

      Any friend of a Glimakra is a friend of mine! 🙂

  • Sandy says:

    Thanks I may just take you up on the offer. Happy weaving.

    Sandy

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  • Ann Carlson says:

    Dear Karen

    Your rosepath band is lovely. I have the same band threaded, but am stumped on how to sley it. Obviously, you were successful with your sleying.
    I wonder if you would be so kind as to share your secret with me. I’m completely flummoxed by the instructions. Nothing I do seems to make any sense.
    Thanks for your help.
    Ann

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ann,

      I’m excited to hear that you are going to weave this band. It was such a joy to weave! This is something I would like to do again and again.

      Oh how I remember being flummoxed by the sleying instructions! If I remember correctly, this is what I did:
      – The plain weave ends are on shafts 1 and 2 (the two shafts nearest the back of the loom). Sley these ends 4 per dent, except in the places where there are 14 ends, sley 4-4-6.
      – Sley the ends on shafts 4, 5, and 6 in their pattern groupings, which is 6-6-6-6-6 the first time, and 4-4 the next time, and so on.

      I hope that makes sense.
      Please let me know how this works out! Feel free to email me at karen at warpedforgood dot com.

      Happy sleying,
      Karen

  • d says:

    do you have the pattern for this loveliness? I’d love to give it a try!

    • Karen says:

      Hi d, You’ll find the pattern for this lovely band in “The Big Book of Weaving” by Laila Lundell.

      I hope you do give it a try!

      Happy weaving,
      Karen

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