The Technique of Split-shed Weaving by Deborah Silver
Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. This technique gives any weaver with a 4-shaft loom the ability to weave pictorial imagery using continuous wefts without the need for special equipment. You can weave structures that include variations of twills, tied weaves, double weft-faced weaves, taqueté, samitum, Bronson, double weave, lampas, piqué, waffle and more! Every pattern is accompanied by color images with detailed enlargements. Easy-to-understand drafts include drawdowns that illustrate all possible pattern combinations, as well as tie-up and treadling diagrams for rising shaft, countermarch and counterbalance looms.
Highlights of The Technique of Split-shed Weaving:
The book progression enables the weaver to advance from one shuttle structures to two-shuttle weaves, then to multi-shuttle weaving, allowing the weaver to mix colors and create shading.
The beginning chapters are designed to allow the weaver to create a multi-pattern sampler on a single warp.
“Cheat sheets” for all patterns: Simplified treadling instructions for several loom types can be copied and attached to your loom for easy reference while weaving.
Instructions for creating a cartoon that remains flat and will not wrinkle when beating.
The book opens flat for easy reference while warping and weaving.
Continuous weft weaving on 4 shafts with no complicated equipment, pick-up sticks, dobby mechanisms, graphed designs, or warp thread counting.
8.5” X 11”
The Technique of Split-shed Weaving
Deborah Silver is a rare phenomenon in the world of weaving: a fine artist, a superb technician, a fine teacher and communicator, and a skilled writer who is able to convey her gifts and talents to everyone who loves the craft of weaving. Her abilities will list her in the future as one of those weavers who have had a significant impact on the development of handweaving.
Deborah has taken a technique using 4-shaft looms and developed a way for even new weavers to take advantage of the splendid patterning possibilities of some fairly simple, and some quite complex weave structures. She recognizes that the possibilities of patterning are often limited by the capabilities of 4-shaft looms unless a certain amount of ingenuity is brought to bear. With her simple method, even structures as complex as lampas can be made to produce figures that would not be possible even on a loom with many shafts and a dobby mechanism.
Deborah’s fabrics are things of beauty and individuality, and she sees to it that all the tools you’ll ever need are contained within the pages of her book. If you have that creative urge to express yourself with yarn on a loom, to explore with intricate figures using the surface textures of dozens of structures and pattern combinations, then this book will provide what you need and a great deal more, perhaps much more than you ever dreamed possible.
David Xenakis -Master Weaver