Tiny tiles from a simple twill

Lemonade Weaves: 2

When life gives you lemons… weave yourself some lemonade. To keep us all going – whether we’re self-isolating, quarantined or just keeping a safe distance – I thought I’d share a few ways to make the most of simple drafts.

I’ve called this draft “2” but nearly called it “1A” since it is based on the same simple principle as my first lemonade weave. But I can see that such a numbering system would quickly get out of control… and, as I mentioned, this series is unplanned and whimsical!

Tiny Tiles

From a field of flowers, we have moved indoors. This pattern of tiny tiles makes me think of parquet flooring, and the warm tones of this little piece add to that effect.

The draft is even simpler than our first one. The threading is a straight draw on 4 shafts, and the liftplan is a straight 2/2 twill progression. The magic is in the use of the warp yarn, or a yarn that is similar in value, for one pick out of every four. For the other three picks you can use anything you like. It’s another great weave for little bits and pieces of yarn.

We can mix up the treadling a bit too, with the same colour sequence but over an 8-pick point repeat. To me this one looks even more like parquet:

And now I’m just messing around…

…but you can see how fruitful a principle this is, once you start playing with it. Have fun!

Thank you

A big, big thank you to those of you who have bought me a lemonade in the last couple of days. I am really touched by your response to my post. The sugar boost will help to keep the Weaving Space going in these very challenging times. I appreciate your support enormously.

For those of you wondering what I am talking about, I’ve now added a wee tips jar to the sidebar of this blog. There’s absolutely no obligation to contribute: I’ll keep blogging here on Warp Space where you can read posts for free. But if you find the material useful or inspiring, and want to show your appreciation in tangible form, you can now do so easily.

Happy Weaving!

First posted on weavingspace.co.uk © Cally Booker

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