I love stripes and designing stripes for a particular purpose. (see my post for April 2015)
However, I also practice designing stripes using narrow warp faced bands. They are very quick to weave and are a great way of deciding which colours go well together.
Designing band patterns.
The first decision is band use which gives me a range of appropriate yarns to use. The use will also indicate the desirable band width.
I have sets of bands woven with 60 warp ends each of which has three stripes. I have sets of bands in silk, cotton, cottolin and linen as these are the usual threads that I use. If I need a band of a particular width, I can look at my sample of bands in a particular thread to see approximately how many warp ends I need for a particular width. The individual bands in three colour stripes make width measurement easy. Each colour is 20 warp ends.
Here is a sample of my page of cotton bands.
|One of my reference pages in my own files of striped bands|
Once I have the approximate number of warp ends and type of yarn to use I can think about designing a band pattern.
My book The Art of Simple Band Weaving is a compilation of many of the narrow warp faced bands that I have woven. It is also my guide when designing. I look through the pictures of woven bands to see the effect that I want to produce. The bands are divided into broad colour groups, so I can see what I have woven before and what colours produce particular effects.
I have discovered that I prefer symmetrical patterns so sometimes I deliberately design a non-symmetrical pattern. Sometimes it is useful to break out from familiar and well tried ways! Weaving a short sample for a narrow band is not time consuming but can be a valuable way of trying out new colour combinations and pattern stripes.
Another source of ideas and inspiration is the internet. I have been pinning pictures onto my Pinterest board as it is very convenient to have a record of different materials with stripes. Do check out this resource as it is a very convenient way of grouping similar images together. The link is on my blog page.
Old weaving books can also have useful tips. This chart came from a weaving book published in the 1920,s
|Stripe pattern templates|
This is a graphic outline of common stripe sequences.
Last year. I organised a workshop about stripes for the Durham Guild. One exercise involved everyone choosing their favourite colours. They coloured in the graphic chart to produce a number of different stripe ideas. Here are a few of their examples.
Yarns were chosen and made into a yarn wrap to see how the colours and proportions worked together. This was a warm up exercise to help them think about colours and spacings.
Designing with colour.
I love to practice designing stripes using narrow warp faced bands. They are very quick to weave and are a great way of deciding which colours go well together for many different weaving projects.
In The Art of Band Weaving, I describe how I find new colour and pattern combinations. Here is an example of the method of playing with colour combinations.
Look at the picture of a peacock feather.
|picture of a peacock feather|
Take two pieces of card and place them over the picture. Leave a narrow space between the two cards and you have a stripe of colours.
|A stripe of the picture|
From this stripe I designed this band.
I used 2/60 silk used double to make the band wider.
|There are 46 warp ends for this band|
|The band being woven on my Swedish band loom.|
Here is a close up of the band. The actual width is 1.5 cm.
|A close up of the band.|
Enjoy experimenting with yarns and stripes.
Susan J Foulkes June 2016