Did you see these stripes?

Laverne, aka bolivian warmi, has posted some recently woven stripes in her blog including this one:

This one is my favorite, I think the black and white dots add a lot of energy to stripe pattern.  Are all the stipes basically the same width, Laverne?  Is this the one where you stuck you hand into a basket of left-over balls to pick the next color?

Laverne also observes than when making these more elaborate stripe patterns the warping is slower but the weaving goes fast!



Posted on Sun, 09/11/2011 - 15:17

Hi Karren,

Yes the stripes are all the same width. Some look a little thinner (like the pink one) as I used a slightly lighter thread. There are three stripes separated by the black and white strips and four in the center. I wish I had balanced the center and just used the orange and purple there maybe with three stripes....orange a wider purple and then orange again....next time!

Yes, I did what my Guatemalan teacher would do with her supplementary wefts...reached into my basket without looking and grabbed a color (although I confess that one of the results I couldn't live with and had to redo).

The idea for the black and white strips comes from the skirt cloth of a tiny Guatemalan doll that I have.

Posted on Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:28

Yep, I think random supp weft was easier. But also, one needs to be patient too. Things that look iffy on the warping board often look quite nice once you start weaving (unfortunatley the reverse of that is also true!)

Posted on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:48

A couple of stripe resources I found while researching for the plain weave backstrap WAL I am involved in...

1.A book on Warp-Faced Stripes by Ralph E Griswold on Handweaving.net. It doesn't seem to be organized in color groups and so I found it a little tedious to go through but there are no less than 687 examples!

2. A set of pictures of textiles called "bands and stripes" in the collection of the Knoxville Museum of Arts. Ooh, there are some nice things there.