Today we visited a velvet workshop and school in Florence. The looms were awesome and too big to grasp for me to photo just yet.
We’ll see more velvet looms as we travel around. Besides seeing velvet being woven on huge Jacquard looms, we saw old examples from their archive–and we got a serious lesson in analyzing and some drafting these complex fabrics.
After the tour, 4 of us will be taking a 3-day workshop at the school. We’ll punch the cards and weave a variety of velvets ourselves– with very knowledgeable teachers who are English speakers.
I look forward to coming back and digging deeper into learning about how the gorgeous velvets are woven.
They provided each of us with a study guide for the analysis of 4 different types of velvet. It was a challenge to wrap my head around their way of drafting besides the complicated weaves. The photo of the study guide gives the official name of this world famous organization.