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Janney Simpson - Connections, Layers, & Pockets

Workshop: Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:30 – 3:30

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

$ 50 deposit will be due by July 1, 2019.

Send check, made payable to Tacoma Weaver’s Guild to:

Carol Thompson; 21212 4th Avenue S;  Des Moines, WA  98198

Cost: Will be determined after her flights are booked in June.  Rage of $200/pp for 8 (minimum) - $100/pp for 16

Workshop will be cancelled if we do not have the minimum of 8 signed up by July 1.

Class Size: 8 Minimum – 16 Max
Skill Level: This workshop is appropriate for any weaver who can warp their loom and weave based on weave drafts

Requirements: 8 shaft looms required; table or floor; warped before workshop. Warping instructions will be sent out around September 1, 2019

Deflected Double Weave (DDW) is a weave structure that has been “around” for a very long time—at least as far back as the Ancient Colonial Shawl draft published in Mary Meigs Atwater’s Recipe Book, 1957. It has been called many things by many weavers and whether it is truly “double weave” is still debated. Traditionally, double weave is a single cloth in which there are two weaves. One warp interlaces with one weft and another warp interlaces with a second weft. Basically, 8 Shaft DDW is plain weave with adjacent warp and weft floats. In DDW, the threads from one weave float over the threads from the other weave in both the warp and weft. The two weaves lie flat, side by side, and the threads can slide towards each other. When the woven cloth is off the loom, the threads slide or “deflect” from their position into the float areas. This results in very interesting interlacements and textures. Because DDW is usually threaded odd- even in block sequences, DDW can be combined with traditional double weave to create layers, pockets, and connections all in the same piece. This technique may be used to weave dramatic shawls, scarves, and cowls with a variety of fibers and colorways. Students will be required to bring a pre-warped 8-shaft loom. Detailed warp instructions will be provided well before the workshop. 

Janney Simpson

Janney Simpson began weaving in the early 1980’s. She teaches weaving at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown CT and at The Barn in Gaylord, MI and relishes the ‘ah-ha’ moment when new weavers throw a shuttle for the first time. Janney is a past President, Apprentice, and Weaver of Distinction of the Handweavers’ Guild of CT. Also a member of Complex Weavers and Japanese Textile Study Group, she enjoys sharing her interest in Sakiori weaving using vintage silk kimono. She has presented many workshops and lectures on Finishing and Embellishing Handwovens, Knitted Beaded Bags, Sakiori, Deflected Double Weave, and Weaving with Fibers of Micronesia. Privileged to be a student for four years in Laurie Autio’s class, Explorations in Advanced Weaving, Janney strives to create one-of-a-kind pieces using a variety of fibers and weave structures on many types of looms.