Mary Balzar Buskirk is the artist who wove the piece shown in the previous post, dated March 20, 2021.
I love textiles that interest me, especially ones that are weavable or peak my curiosity. This linen-like piece fits all of the criteria. Often when I come across a fabric I remember where I got it and have a nice memory or story behind it. This one I don’t remember at all. I’m getting back into my studio and doing a bit of sorting and somehow, this piece turned up. It is 14” wide so that means it probably came from Japan.
The cloth is so simple. It is yardage so the groups of tassels repeat the entire length.
So my curiosity took me to see what they did at the selvedges with the tassel wefts. The thick weft is carried up a little shy of ½”. That seems just right and not disfiguring. In fact, I think it adds a subtle bit of interest.
I put my macro lens on my iPhone to see just what the wefts were doing. I needed to see how the tassel weft fit into the plain weave. The thick weft goes halfway across the fabric in its own shed. It’s interesting that the wefts before and after it are in the same shed with just the thick weft in the opposite shed and going only halfway across the width of the cloth.
Here we can see that the thick weft has its own shed—but we know that it only goes ½ way across the
Also interesting to see what makes up the thick weft. Several strands and not alike.
Often there are clues at the cut end of a cloth.