Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Celebration of Plain Weave

In recent years some stellar teachers have emerged in the band weaving community and inspired many to pick up small looms- band looms, rigid heddles, inkle looms and backstrap looms.
How exciting this is to see! Many beautiful pictures are being displayed on Ravelry, Weavolution, Facebook, Flickr and circulating on Pinterest, just to name a few. This has inspired even more weavers to give these small looms a try.
I watch many new weavers who are anxious to weave beautiful and complex patterns like the ones they see others posting photos of, maybe not even realizing that there are so many levels of pattern and designs, even to narrow warp-faced bands. While the various pickup patterns are beautiful, I sincerely believe that the place to start is with plain weave. And plain weave has endless pattern possibilities! You don't have to do pickup to have a good time!



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My inkle weaving is at a production level. I make and sell hundreds of pieces each year; about 90% of these are plain weave. Since I state that "each one is one-of-a-kind", there need to be new and creative combinations of color and pattern each time I set up my loom. I've been weaving for years and keep inventing something new each time. Plain weave is never boring to me!

In this post are an assortment of straps woven in 2013 each illustrated with a photo and pattern draft so that you can create your own versions if you wish, or use them as a jumping off point to draft your own patterns.
These are all combinations of a few pattern elements like stripes, chains and "teeth".




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Here on my Flickr page, there is an album devoted just to plain weave patterns if you'd like to browse. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aspinnerweaver/sets/72157626855413579/

Stay tuned! This is the first in a series of many posts featuring design ideas! 

8 comments:

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    1. Thanks for your compliment, Frances. This is a great way for me to share my enthusiasm for color and pattern and I hope that the design ideas will be useful to some other weavers.

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  2. Thanks for this posting. As an inkle newbie, I appreciate the plain weave info which will help me sort out patterns. There's a lot more info out there about card weaving etc than working with plain weave.

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    1. Hi, Rini.
      Yes, I am aware that so many people are weaving complex bands these days and plain weave with all of it's possibilities sometimes gets overlooked.
      ~Annie

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  3. Beautiful patterns. Thank y ou for sharing.

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  4. Thank you so much for these patterns! I am very new to inkle weaving and you have become my go-to place for inspiration. Love your work!!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I hope that you will find useful charts and inspiration here!
      ~Annie

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