|Drawdown showing one side of the mat in the double weave structure|
This is a two shuttle weave. The weft is alternately white and black.
|Drawdown showing the other side of the mat in the double weave structure|
The warp is threaded alternately black and white and is woven with two shuttles alternating black and white. The colour order for the weft is not shown on the second drawdown.
Warp and weft: 3/2 cotton in black and white. I used a unmercerised cotton 3/2 cotton which is very absorbent.
Sett: cotton 3/2 sett at 10 epi
It is a double warp therefore 20 ends per inch. Make the warp with two ends, one black and one white.
It is always difficult to weave exact squares in double weave. I wove the same number of picks as the warp. The squares looked square on the loom but after washing they became oblongs.
As you can see, the pattern is a white border then a black block, white strip, black block, white strip, black block then border.
The warp is made using white and black threads alternately. To make the first set of 16 black and 16 white, take the black and white ends together and make 16 of these double warp ends. These are threaded alternately. For the second group of 60 black and 60 white, take a white and black thread together and make 60 of these double warp ends. Continue until the full warp is made.
i use a warping frame and when i warp with two ends together, I make sure that the two ends are ekpt apart on my fingers as i pass the ends around the pegs. Try to ensure the ends do not twist around each other when making the warp;.
black 16 60 12 60 12 60 16
white 16 60 12 60 12 60 16
Total number of warp ends: 236
The blocks have 60 black and 60 white ends.ends
The white strips have 12 black and 12 white ends
|Side with black oblongs|
|Side with white oblongs|
|Mat turned so that you can see both sides.|
Finished size of the mat after washing.
Length: 31.5 inches (80 cm)
Width: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)
Of course, it also goes very well with the handtowels I wove last month.
In 2000 - 2001, I studied at Bradford for my HNC in Handwoven Textile Design. One of the assignments was to explore architecture as a source for inspiration and produce a range of items. I looked back at my files and found my samples of double weave. I used them to design the bath mat.
They were in response to the Casa Battlo in Barcelona. This is my picture of the internal stairwell. I was fascinated by the way in which Gaudi had used shading to bring the light down into the stairwell. The tiles shaded upwards so that the top of the stairwell is darker blue and resembles the sky when looking up. The bottom of the stairwell is white to reflect the light.
|Top of stairwell|
Here are my original two samples of double weave. I used five shades of blue 16/2 cotton.
Nowadays you can go on a virtual tour.
Susan J Foulkes May 2018