Three Faces of Karl (Karl is the name given to San Francisco’s fog)

I think maybe people would like a break from my linen scroll project. Life has suddenly gotten in my way so I don’t have any pictures ready of the latest and last ones.

This is one of the first scrolls I made at the beginning of the pandemic. I wove the ground fabric just before the lock down.

I used butcher’s twine for the weft. It’s what Lia Cook used long ago in her pressed pieces. I’d been wanting to use it for a long time. When I wet the fringe to straighten it, some of the cloth got wet, too, so it shrank—dah—butcher’s twin is supposed to shrink when it gets wet. So, I spread it out on the counter and wet the whole piece. The selvedges tightened up nicely.

This is the top piece. No fog, the City (San Francisco?) is clear.

The little pieces I wove with the handspun cotton I got in Bhutan. It’s fun to think about where some of the pieces or yarns came from. The warp was that fine silk at 125 ends per inch of long ago. I was determined to weave it off even after I lost a huge number of threads to threading errors and breakage.

4 thoughts on “Three Faces of Karl (Karl is the name given to San Francisco’s fog)”

  1. I like the play between the stripes and the white zigzag of the background. Can you tell us what type of twill this is?

    • I’m glad you like the piece. Thanks a lot! There’s a little story. I used that fat weft, butcher’s twine as I said. And I wanted it to show the most (to dominate) so I treadled 1,2,3,4 for 16 shots then went to shaft 2 and reversed the direction: 2,1,4,3,2,1,4,3,2,1, etc. Each time I changed direction I made a break at the point. That is, I began the other direction with the treadle that would be the opposite of the one I ended up with. Let me know if this isn’t clear. That was the easiest way to treadle with just one shaft at a time.
      Then when I took it off the loom I liked the other side better. That is where the warp dominated with 3 up and 1 down. That would be called a warp faced twill or 3/1. The weft side would be a 1/3 twill. One up (above the line of the fraction) and 3 down (the lower number). Let me know if this isn’t clear.
      You’ve inspired me to make another twill post soon. Thanks again.


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