March 27, 2011
I have a goal. It is to do warp weave pick ups with a solid background. OF course there are MANY ways and techniques to achieve, one of which is double weave.
I find double weave a bit tedious. It makes a reversible band that is double thick. I have a hard time seeing #10 threads and the #3 is heavier than I would like...I haven't quite figured out some of the other techniques. Some I have even disregarded due to the intricate warping process. I just haven't quite figured out which technique will meet my needs without stressing/taxing me. In other words will satisfy my weaving creativity without thoroughly aggravating me.
Keep in mind that I want to be able to do my own designs also, narrowing the field even further. So in my question to meet this goal, I have discovered that peyote bead weaving designs/charts are kind of like basket weave. As is double weave charts.
Thus, I am working on applying the peyote pattern to a double weave piece. I have it figured out, but unfortunately when I warped up this time I chose a sticky/hairy cotton. Mistake #1. I also figured out that the chart will make a reverse image. No problem, as the reverse is on the under side of a double weave. Then I figured out that I had to read left to right, then right to left in the written verbiage as peyote bead work is flipped over every other row. Then I realized that to make a 32 bead wide pattern, I don't need 32 warp revolutions...Mistake #2...I only needed 16. This means I need to double my counts.
Lots of converting, icky warp. SOOOOO, I decided not to fight with it. I cut off the VERY small portion of double weave and decided to finish it in plain weave so as not to waste the cotton 4 ft. warp. By time I retied to the cloth beam I knew the warp was at least 18 in. shorter. So as I was weaving I was also thinking...what can I do with this band.
Here is what I came up with. A back scrubber.
I actually needed one as quite some time ago my daughter re-claimed hers. I like it and it was easy peasy. And even better, I didn't waste the warp. I hate waste. Check it out.