Experimenting, not my thing

Many years ago, (20?) I bought some potholders from Gretchen Muller.  I have had no contact with her since that purchase.


Grody! Of course!  I have used this for all those years, happily.

Then, for some reason never to be remembered, as I surfed the web, I found these:



Really?  Can’t be just happenstance.   And in fact, Gretchen taught Erica Pfister how to weave these.   http://pfisterrugs.com/ and she has them for sale.  Go buy!

I was enchanted, I want to weave them myself.  So I emailed Erica. She has graciously given me some hints and i have done a little research.  The patterns came from Mary Meigs Atwater, Byway in Handweaving, and I have found them also in Le Tissage aux Cardons.  The translation is available here from Barbara Shapiro, an incredible San Francisco artist.

So the problem is how to move them from a four hole card weaving draft to a shaft loom draft.  There are hints.  Erica gave me a few, as did an article in Handwoven.  Nov/Dec 1999  First Dinner Party, Cardweaving Patterns for Placemats by Triinu Kartus.

You can see that color is the key.  Another use for Photoshop! Who knew?  So I have designed, or rather emulated a design, from the masters and came up with this.

ankh in 90 cards reduced



Now I have to translate this diagram to a weaving draft, figure the sett, very very close, and see if the loom will lift the shafts.  Now, did these wonderful weavers worry about the direction of the threading, 1-2-3-4 vs 4-3-2-1 or not?  and the warping will be a royal annoyance with all the color changes.  Hmmm.

Stay tuned.  It could take awhile.


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