Weaving process

21st May 2016 Objects of Matter

PROCESS

For individuals who love weaving, the process is a joyful one. As human beings we are used to finding comfort in cloth, wrapping our bodies in it for both reassurance and protection. Equally, as makers of cloth we understand the importance of it being made through a loving process, which recognises the deep significance and value of quality fabric in our lives. Cloth-making is an act of creation and, appropriately, it has been referred to historically as a metaphor for life and life making. One such reference we revere is in Wade Davis’s One River, which describes the people of Kogi and their relationship with weaving:

As they pass over the Earth, they weave a scared cloak over the Great Mother, each journey like a thread…Even a person’s thoughts are like threads. The act of spinning is the act of thinking. The cloth they weave and the clothes they wear become their thoughts. [Everything they do is conceived of as a fabric, and] everything begins and ends with the loom.

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We love our looms – all of which have been custom-made for our studio in order to meet the highest quality standards we demand. Though handweaving is a process sometimes viewed as timely and complex, we find it both beautiful and gratifying to see the fabric flourish under our hands. As such, we cherish the textile process as deeply as we cherish the finished product.

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For every project, we invest time in research and development, exploring the properties of yarns and weave structures, finishing techniques, colour application, and design variations. We often start with an idea, a moment of inspiration, an unusual texture, a glimpse of colour or a recent book, and develop them into concepts and then fabrics. Our passion also comes from interpreting design briefs and in giving our perspective on your ideas.

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At the point when the concept is initiated, we evaluate the qualities we want the cloth to have, the colour, the structure. We create the mood by painting, drawing, taking photographs, gathering inspirational objects and we plan the warp. In doing so, we determine colour combinations, the density of the warp and the threading style. We normally make individual warps for each project with various threading settings. When the warp is set in place and winded on beams, there is a process of threading the loom. Each yarn end has to be pulled through an individual heddle according to the setting chosen. Time spent handweaving depends on the thickness of yarns used – one meter of fabric could be made in a couple of hours, while it can take several days when using fine yarn. When the desired length of fabric has been produced it is taken off the loom and carefully inspected for quality purposes.