This trio of woven pieces, has been successfully nominated for the Campaign for Wool’s online gallery. They are made from British Wool, dyed with natural dyes inspired by the colours of Welsh slate. The weave structure is two layer double-cloth and they have been subjected to ‘controlled’ felting. They were exhibited in conjunction with the International Felt Makers Conference held in Bath.
I have been selected as one of the 25 designer/makers for this fantastic opportunity to showcase the use of Welsh Wool. Specially commissioned wool fabric, yarn and ‘tops’ are supplied to participants to produce woven, knitted or felted ‘products’.
I am aiming to design and weave the largest piece of cloth I have attempted. Each warp end and weft pick is 3 strands of woollen yarn. Tension is a challenge as I am using 3 different yarns, each with its own ‘character’ as well as colour.
Warp number 2 in this project. Using multiple strands as one end (warp thread) and as one pick (weft pass).
I used 3 strands instead of one thicker one, all going through one heddle and in one dent in the reed. Although the white yarn appeared quite fluffy, it wove without problem to my relief. For a single cloth (as opposed to double-cloth) it was interesting to observe the different feel of the various weave structures; the hopsack giving a thicker and more robust cloth.