Gill Back – A Tale of Two Wefts

I came to weaving quite late in life but have been weaving for about 25 years. I have always loved colour, and that   drives my weaving. Colour must, of course, be placed in a good structure to show it to the best effect. I have ventured into all the usual fields of echo weaves, double weaves and so on to showcase the variety of colours I like to use, specifically on silks – my fibre of preference.

This draft first captured my imagination more than 20 years ago, when I saw it in The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers. I discovered it had originally been created by Marianne Straub for the iconic Tamesa Fabric company in the 1970s. I love the complex appearance belying the quite simple draft. It creates an interesting three-dimensional effect that varies with the colours used. For this reason I have used two wefts for my piece. It is woven half in green and half in magenta, hence the title!

Structural notes: Triple weave structure, woven with two different coloured wefts. Changed weft colour halfway through weaving. Warp set at 25.5 epi for soft hand and drape.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 70 inches (21 x 178 cm) plus fringe

Materials: 16/2nm silk, hand-dyed in leaf green, aqua and magenta.

Loom: 8-shaft Leclerc Artisat Jack Loom

  • Gill Back