Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dream Weaving

This is my final project for my woven textiles class. I chose to do a technique called collapse weave, where you use two fibers, in this case a wool and a cotton. Basically, one that shrinks a lot and one that barely shrinks at all. Then, when washed, the wool felts and the cotton doesn't. The cotton is then forced to crinkle to accommodate the wool's shrinkage, giving a really unique texture to the piece.

The purple yarn is 20/2 wool from Maine Line in Iris. The blue is 10/2 cotton from Valley Yarns in Nautical Blue.

The warp (vertical yarns) is done in a modified Fibonacci sequence. I choose to do a total of 20 purple stripes, since I would be turning 20 soon. So, the striping pattern is 1, 1, 1, 2 ,3 ,5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 34, 21, 13, 8, 5, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 with 9 blue threads in between each purple stripe. Since I am a math and design double major, this piece was very representative of how I seek to combine both disciplines.

On the loom
The horizontal (weft) stripes are woven in blocks of one, two, three, five, or eight inches in random order out of the wool, cotton, and another navy blue cotton. This way, the Fibonacci sequence is again represented in the weft. I added navy blue in as well for added visual interest.

Off the loom, it was about 22" wide, and 5 yards long.

Next up was felting the piece. It took me three attempts to get the felting right. After hand washing in the tub and washing by itself in the machine, I still didn't get the "collapsed" look that I wanted. So I threw it in the washer with two large towels on high heat for extra agitation.

After washing, the piece is about 15" wide and 4.5 yards long.

The finished product! I am so incredibly proud of this piece and all that it represents. I feel lucky to have had such a fantastic instructor, Suzanne Halvorson.

I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet! My original plan was some sort of garment, but I'm afraid to cut into it and ruin it (only one shot--I can't go to the store and buy more!).

Any ideas?


  1. Dana this is gorgeous! You completed such great pieces out of this class! I too would be nervous about cutting into it and was going to suggest leaving it as a scarf until I saw the size. It would make a beautiful dress though!

    1. Thanks so much! It could just be a really big scarf...haha