Although I may not get back to my studies until I recover from my ACL surgery a bit more, I've worked through the beginning of the book already, so I wanted to open this place for other's to recapt their studies thus far or for those who are just beginning to share their new knowledge and excitement!
I have celebrated the return of the search function on Weavolution with a visit to the prior threads about taquete. The accent aigu over the final e causes the final e to be pronounced as a stressed third syllable "ay." I appreciate Erica starting the study group and hope to overcome my procrastination about joining Complex Weavers before I finish weaving my way through Nancy Arthur Hoskins book, Weft-faced Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taquete. I did not understand the drafting until I watched her Boundweaving DVD. I highly recommend it for anyone approaching this study as though taking a college course.
As a procrastinating perfectionist, I have also spent preparatory time obsessing about how to best organize the samples. I should just warp one of my table looms and risk having to reweave the first few samples after hearing better ideas from others who join this study group.
I am a slowly returning weaver who came back through warp-faced weaving on a band loom. My long range interests include turning of drafts to allow single shuttle weaving of structures such as summer and winter as well as taquete.
I have the book as well, and I am not quite ready to dive in at this point because of a line up of other weaving I am working to finish up for garment construction. I will at some point do a small Krokbragd rug from some wool nylon mix. The wool is a bit heavier than Collingwood's, but not by a lot. It is spun locally, but is woolen and not worsted. But fine for a sample I beleive. It will be a project towards the end of my "weaving season". I hope to be able to share and learn from you all.
You are a great and most welcome problem solver. Admiring your projects convinces me that you are a friend who has already passed the course, ready to help those who need to follow the textbook closely. Hopefully we will reward your support with at least a few aha moments.
In my weaving life, there are only two projects that I have cut off the loom unfinished. Both were weft-faced - a Swedish project and a rug. So I don't think this study group is for me. However, I will watch Francine with interest - turning drafts could change everything. It looks like a fascinating book!
My book is scheduled to be delivered today! Will give the book and good "look-over" and then decide when I will begin my study.
Reading and rereading the directions for samplers leaves me wondering how long I should make the first warp? The first few samplers vary slightly in the number of ends required. Warping for just 1 foot long sampler has a high waste factor. Changing the number of ends for successive samplers using a longer warp raises different logistical issues.
I am sure those of you who have woven these types of samplers before can help me to move forward beyond this impasse.
I put on about a 3 or 4 yard warp when I started my studies from this book. You can weave through a huge amount of the book on that first threading. There is a key in the intro that shows you which samplers use (or can use) the straight draw threading.
I don't know how she ever realized that you can weave 3 shaft krokbragd on the straight draw threading! That knowledge alone is worth it's weight in gold and completely revolutionized my weaving!
In short I would put on a really long warp, weave through all the samples that can be done on the straight draw threading and then worst case scenario if you still have warp left, it is really easy to rethread and sleigh. With the wide sett, re threading and sleighing these warps does not take long at all, just make sure you still have your thread by thread cross in when you take the threads out of the heddles. :)
Hello Francine. I recently completed the first 5 samplers of Tabby To Taquete. I had put on a 3 yard warp, which was just enough to complete the samplers, but no extra. I hope this helps.
3 yards is easy to handle-short enough to be quick and stable. I will look at identical threading and then wind warp
I had been thinking about weaving the samplers in order but skipping to reduce the threading changes sounds good to me!
I should also confess I did not weave the samplers all the way through. I picked the sequences that most appealed to me from each one. :)
From my experience, I love to sample, but if it becomes drugery, I then abandon it. So I think your ideas of jumping around and doing the samples that most appeal to you is fine. I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes, and hearing about the weave structures that appeal to you the most.
I wove each sampler pretty much as in the book, shortening some of the repeats, but I found it quite tedious. I couldn't weave for too long. I did find the author's tips on how to handle the colors at the edges invaluable. I've woven some bound weave projects before, but never knew how to keep the blocks at the edges looking good.
I agree with JoAnne, after a little practice, you can move onto taquete of samitum and then you can thread multiple repeats of a single block and therefore increase the size of your patterns, though these are not technically boundweave. :)