In Memoriam: Virginia Davis died this month.
It’s appropriate that this post is to be about balanced weaves—balanced plain weave: Virginia Davis was an expert. She noticed that paintings were done on canvas cloth and that made her decide to weave her own canvas along with her Double Ikat and other dyed work. This piece is 12” x 21 ½” and is one of her smaller pieces. It’s one of her signature pieces where the edges of the ikat are purposely blurry so the effects of the dying done before the weaving are appreciated. I’m so proud to have it hanging in my apartment. I love the optical illusions, too.
In the close up of this piece by Virginia you can see why it is important that both the warps and wefts show.
Here is a close up of a balanced weave shawl by Marlie de Swart.
A larger area of Marlie’s shawl shows how the warps and wefts blend.
Here is Marlie’s lovely soft shawl which I use as a blanket at the foot of my bed. It is beautiful to look at as well as wonderful to take a nap under. Everything is plain weave, over one and under one. This is the THIRD piece Marlie has ever woven. It is weaving perfection. Notice that in a few places she changed the weft in the shed. I think she said the soft yarn was alpaca.
At the end you can see the colors of the warp threads that Marlie used by looking at the fringe. See how the colors built into the warp are in a nice proportion and are different but relate with every change of weft.
This photo relates to the illustrations in the two previous posts: this one being balanced weave and the warps are neither close nor far from each other.
6 thoughts on “Balanced Weaves: When Both Warp and Weft Show”
Lovely to see her and some of your work. Thank you.
There is something peaceful about the balanced weaves
Hello Peggy. It is always great to read your posts. Today, when I opened up the most recent about Balanced Weaves, I was so happy to see Virginia Davis’ work pop up! Thank you. She was a dear friend and mentor, who will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.
Best wishes to you for your fine work!
Beautiful pieces! Thank You for sharing!
Exquisite weaving examples- thanks for posting. I love that stark simplicity of these examples.
You should be very proud to have the Virginia Davis irate piece hanging in your home. I’m proud to have Ruffles hanging in my home by Peggy Osterkamp.