It´s not often that we profile other weavers in our blog. But I just had to share the incredible work of Jennifer Robertson with you. She´s a British-trained weaver but (sadly for us in Europe!!!!) emigrated to Australia in the 1986s. She studied textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design and then went on to the Royal College of Art in London.
I find her work is incredibly beautiful, her use of colour masterly, and there is a sheer intelligence and enjoyment of weave in her work which really resonates with me.
Enjoy the pictures – and if you possibly can – invest in a piece of her hand-woven work from her online shop. The scarves are good value for money for what they are and believe me, they are masterworks. If you aspire to create beautiful and accomplished woven textiles of your own – then a textile of hers should inspire, amaze and inform you for years to come!
If you feel inspired by her work and have a 4 or 8 shaft loom you can weave double or triple layer fabrics. Check out our courses or book some one-to-one tuition with us and start weaving double-weave fabrics of your own.
Here are some images of some of our fabric designs based on twills on 4 or 8 shaft looms. As you can see we enjoy using drill or damask threadings as well as 3/1 interrupted twills with colour and weave effects.
To invent your own designs it´s really important to understand textile drafting – come and do a 2 day intensive course with us if you don´t already know how to do this
Anna Champeney offers residential one-to-one tuition for intermediate and beginner level weavers and courses in textile drafting for beginners at her home in the idyllic Ribeira Sacra, northwest Spain.
1. Winding the warp
Weaving prototype designs for my textile collection to be shown at Formex in Sweden and Tent Design Fair in London in August and September 2013 respectively.
And the actual designs? Just wait and see!
2. Warp chain (keeps the long warp threads from tangling)
The yarn, a lovely 10/1 silk-wool singles yarn, twists slightly because it´s unbalanced, making it harder to thread. But it´s been pretty easy otherwise. I´m using it at 10hpc.
3. Winding the back beam
4. Threading the heddles to “programme” the pattern
5. Sleying the reed to space the threads to get the weight, width and handle of fabric that the project requires.