Opphamta weave has a plain weave ground, with pattern floats. You work from a chart, your own design or one you found (be careful of copyright). This sample has a warp of 16/2 cotton bleached (plain weave), and 16/2 linen for pattern. Warp is 14 ends/cm., and 14 picks/cm.
The "Double Dragons" were woven on an Oxaback single unit drawloom with the charted design saved in pattern lashes. This piece is 5 shaft satin. The warp is 28/2 line linen, half-bleached, and the weft is 12/2 line linen, natural. Warp is 16 ends/cm, and 16 picks/cm.
Smalandsvav is a double harness weave, and can be set up on a standard loom. This particular loom had a small extension for the warp beam to improve the shed. The warp is 16/2 cotton, 12 ends/cm, and has 16/2 cotton (single) for the plain weave, and 16/2 cotton (doubled, a shuttle with two bobbins), 12 picks/cm.
|"Cattails" woven on shaft draw.|
The "Cattails" were woven on an Ideal loom with Myrehed shaft draw system. This photo only shows a portion of the piece but I wanted to include a bit of the border. The weave structure is 8 shaft satin. Warp is 8/2 cotton, 14 ends/cm, and weft is 16/2 linen, 14 picks/cm.
|Charted design (underside when on loom).|
For this piece, I had chosen a charted design that would not be too difficult to weave given the time allowed, and I added a simple border. It was woven using a Myrehed single unit attachment on, I believe, an Anderson floor loom with long extension. The warp is 22/2 cottolin, doubled (black), 20 ends/cm, and 16/2 linen (I chose bright red), 10 picks/cm.
|This photo shows a bit of the border (underside when on loom).|
|This side was up as I was weaving.|
When weaving, or researching a weave, I like to keep notes on warp and wefts used, sizes, fibers, sett, and so on, to help in future weaving projects.
The samples have not yet been hemmed or washed, so you do see a few wrinkles from being folded when shipped. How I wish I had a cold mangle for pressing pieces as the iron does not seem to get the wrinkles out. Even when I think they are, a photo shows they are not!
The next post, coming mid-week, is of drawloom pieces woven as examples for students, and pieces hung for display. I was particularly taken with the Smalandsvav and Opphamta pieces.