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Back Strap Double Weave of South America

  • Handweavers and Spinners Guild 655 Nicholson Street Carlton North, VIC, 3054 Australia (map)

A 2 day workshop for more experienced weavers or those who are familiar with backstrap weaving. 
We will use patterns drawn from Bolivian and Bedouin weaving to create narrow bands of crisp geometric, plant and animal figures on prepared warps. This warp-faced double weave structure gives weavers the ability to create sturdy bands with clean, crisp designs on backgrounds of solid color using only two simple sheds. Both faces of the band are structurally identical with colors reversed. 
Because it is basically plain weave and therefore does not require the complexities of warp-float length and alignment to be considered, this technique allows the weaver to advance quite quickly to creating original patterns. Laverne likens it to ‘’doodling’’on plain weave. Students will be encouraged to create their own motifs as they become increasingly comfortable with the sequence of moves used to create the two layers of cloth in this double weave structure.
Participants will later wind their own wider warps which will give them access to an even greater variety of patterns.

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