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With one of the colours wound round a shuttle as pictured above, weave from right to left over one thread and under the next. When you reach the other side, weave back but this time choose the alternate path, under and over, to the previous one.
The thread heddle loop, at the top of the picture (left) picked up all the double dark threads in one go so the shuttle could pass between the two sets of light and dark threads.
Experiments appear at the front of this piece of over and under two threads repeated more than once.. Above that, is the result of using a dark weft thread in the shuttle.
The best result , however, comes from the over one, under one pattern using a pale fawny pink yarn which produced a pleasing striped pattern with the dark blue, both yarns were silk and linen.
Patterns produced automatically like this from the placing of the original threads are called colour and weave. There are many of them and they are very interesting to study. They can change in dramatic ways when the colours are varied.
|The small heddle pictured here is French - modern ones are made of metal.|
The library can order for you The Weaving,Spinning and Dying Book by Rachel Brown which is informative about techniques
Begin Braiding is based on original material prepared by Felicity Tregear.To download a printable version of this page, click here