They threw away their COE books last year and went wild! Were they able to find a new area of focus? Did Tammy finish her tapestry? Come see what these "girls gone amuck" have been up to! They're dyeing to show you!
February's program had member Jennifer C. helping many of us with the terms used for block weaves and unit weaves. All unit weaves are block weaves, but not all block weaves are unit weaves. Using Madelyn van der Hoogt's definitions, Jennifer explained that block weaves such as Overshot, M's and O's, etc., are made up of the warp and weft threads being the same and producing two different interlacements, one a "pattern" and one a "background". So a single block formed by all of the warp and weft threads will always produce either pattern or background whenever the block appears. Unit weaves such as Huck lace, Beiderwand, etc., are structures with a specific number of warp ends and weft picks that interweave in a specific way to construct either pattern or background independently but identically to other groups. Jennifer also spoke on profile drafts which can be considered a condensed version of a drawn draft. Her PowerPoint presentation was a helpful tool in explaining and demonstrating all of these terms.
The second portion of Jennifer's program was about the use of computer software to help in designing patterns for weaving. With computer software, one profile can be taken and turned into a different structure with just a few clicks, allowing you to easily play around with the pattern and colors. It's much easier and more fun than reading a book on designing a pattern! When deciding what software to buy, Jennifer suggests looking for companies that have free demos that you can download and play with. Then you can decide which one works best for you. Jennifer personally prefers the Mac version of Fiberworks PCW, but has used the PC version of other programs as well. She has found that Fiberworks has more tools and better colors when she is designing.
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