“Gavotte” overshot pattern

“Gavotte” overshot pattern

The loom is dressed with a new warp this week, a self-drafted overshot design using four shafts. It is always fun to see how one's sketch (or in my case, computer draft) translates into cloth. After sampling several inches of fabric, I decided to double up on pattern weft picks to give the pattern a [...]

Minuet in B(lack)

Minuet in B(lack)

Hello, friends. I've finished weaving the eight shaft overshot table runners (see my earlier post about this cloth here) and am quite satisfied with the results. I made three runners, one each in black, garnet, and mineral blue. Here is the black one:     After some consideration and research, I decided to call this [...]

Summer and Winter Placemats

Summer and Winter Placemats

This week's work at the loom involves another two shuttle weave, summer and winter! Like overshot, two weft shuttles are used alternately throughout the body of the cloth; one shuttle is used for the plain weave (to give the cloth stability and structure) and the other shuttle is designated for the pattern design. The really [...]

Overshot orange peels

Overshot orange peels

I'm weaving overshot (yes, again) this week and I am smitten with this draft: The center motif is taken from Josephine Estes' esteemed publication, "Original Miniature Patterns for Hand Weaving." I'm using 10/2 mercerized cotton for the warp and ground/tabby yarns and 3/2 mercerized cotton for the pattern weft. I sett the warp at 20 [...]