Understanding & Using Blocks in Traditional Weaving with Rabbit Goody
This two day class will help weavers understand how to identify blocks in historic textiles and to write drafts for any weave structure in block form. The first day will explain and identify blocks and allow students to create drafts in any of the block weave structures. The structures included are:
- M’s and O’s
- traditional spot weave
- twill blocks
- double cloth blocks
- summer and winter blocks
- float work (overshot) blocks
- damask blocks
- plus: the ability to combine blocks and structures.
Students will have the opportunity to weave on several of these structures on small sample looms so that the correlation between theory and practice is clear. Students will also be encouraged to design using block theory for their own future work. Day two we will examine historic textiles and identify weave structures and blocks and write drafts from historic textiles.