Why is this one folded, you may ask. This motif was about making the design reversible. All the other motifs clearly have a “right” and “wrong” side. Unlike Baltic style pick up, only picking up threads does not make a pretty reverse pattern. You only see the weft floats on the backside. For this diamond in a diamond pattern, every thread I picked up I dropped its heddled partner. Picking and dropping takes a bit longer, but is very worth the effort for a reversible band.
The wrong side of the band doesn’t look bad, but, it is clearly the back side. The back side of Day 13 illustrates what I mean. The areas where I picked up on the front, show the green weft on the back, not a reverse image.
The observant among you may have noticed that the folded motif is off the loom. How could this be since the month had yet to finish? Well, I miscalculated and didn’t put enough warp on my loom, so I ran out of warp. I had to warp my little inkle to finish out the month. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men, oft go astray.
The reversible diamond is a motif from Inkle by Evelyn Neher, page 43.
Warp, weave, be happy! ~ Jennifer
K Parkin said:
Glad to see you are keeping going. I missed you for a while. Interesting about the pick-up and put-down to give a double sided band. I learned this technique from Ann Dickson’s book. I think if you have lots of pick-ups it gives a better structure to the band, but as in all things it depends on the ultimate purpose of the band. It’s lovely to see your work in my morning inbox.
Jennifer Williams a.k.a. inkledpink said:
Oh, you made my day. Thank you for your kind words and for being here when I came back. Doing a lot of pick-up without dropping does create a weaker band. There is a lot of draw-in when doing a lot of pick-up only. I struggled to keep my edges straight on the motifs with a ton of pick-up and no dropping. Dropping and picking balances the hand of the fabric.
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