Ikat Explorations

I taught a workshop on Ikat weaving and wrapped, dyed and wove an exploration piece for myself and for demonstration purposes.  This piece is the result.  The warp and weft are mostly 2/20 mercerized cotton, sett at 24 ends per inch and woven at 24 picks per inch.  I made the warp 4 yards long which gave me lots of room to play around.  The warp and most of the weft was 2/20 mercerized cotton dyed in Procion MX in Carmine Red.  Woven in plain weave.  Once I started weaving, I realized that I did not have enough of the 2/20 cotton to weave the whole weft, but I used every inch I had.  I subbed in some natural 2/16 cotton along the way, and got some nice, coloured areas in the finished scarf.

I wrapped the first section in a specific pattern, with sections running from 2 inches to 4 inches long.  In putting it on the loom (front to back) some of the sections became misaligned.  Next time I would take more care in lining up the sections more accurately.

When woven, though, they came out looking crisp, and filled the space effectively, as planned.

I wrapped the second half of the scarf in short half-inch sections in a random pattern.  After weaving, they remind me of falling rain and I like how the wrapped areas have a different appearance when they are woven with natural, compared to the areas woven with red.

In the centre, between the two warp ikat areas, I placed a small amount of weft ikat in a pretty pattern.  Because the weft shots were longer than the width of the scarf, I gathered the ends together in braids.

Overall, a fun, conversational piece to wear.


About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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6 Responses to Ikat Explorations

  1. That looks like it was so much fun to put together. Each section has its own appealing features, even tho they are quite different.

  2. Louisa says:

    So playful! I love that you can wear your sampling. I took a workshop on ikat years ago and enjoyed it especially weft ikat for some reason. But then I never really did anything else with it!

  3. Vicki says:

    Looks great Barb.

  4. Barbara says:

    Very nice. It’s wonderful that you are willing to share your skills. Our guild is having a workshop this month on warp and weft Ikat taught by Daniel Garver. Alas I won’t be able to attend.

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