Title Log Cabin
Structure Plain weave with color and weave effect
Reference Alderman, Sharon D. Mastering Weave Structures. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2004.
Approach Thread a two meter warp on a straight twill with a log cabin color sequence. Weave half the warp in log cabin, then explore color and weave effects with various straight twills with the remainder of the warp.
Draft adjustments I adjusted the color sequence to make a dark line on both sides of the blocks and adjusted the width of the blocks to a 2:1 ratio. The treadling sequence was adjusted to eight picks.
Warp from hell My first warp disaster. I thought I would wind it two threads at a time, one of each color, swapping the order at the cross and inserting the extra dark yarn as necessary. I might have got one repeat correct, but it was painful. So I decided to sort out the pattern at the loom and just wrapped and wrapped. I took the first half of the warp to the loom and distributed the pattern in the raddle. I could see the cross was problematic, so with the second half I didn’t “bother” with a cross.
During the warping, which involved an assistant and heavy use of a comb, one of the selvages broke. After weaving about half a meter, I had to start combing out all the twisty tangles every time I advanced the warp. After weaving a meter, I cut off.
Since I had my log cabin sample, I no longer cared about the order of the threads in the warp, and I got the idea it would help to undo everything, comb it out well, re-thread and re-sley. Ha ha ha. By the time all this was said and done there was so little warp left that it didn’t much matter.
Results Haven’t wet finished yet. The sett seemed a little close, even in the twill section, but the overall feel is OK. I noted warp-wise rectangles rather than squares in the plain weave section while weaving.
Log cabin is not my kind of pattern, but I needed to do it at least once to figure out how it worked. I actually really like the results though. The twill was dull and chaotic because the threading was too random for any good effects.
Ideas I might use log cabin with the two greens I got for a rigid heddle project. I think the subtle differences in color/texture might work really well for an understated piece. Also the white header crossing the log cabin patterned warp looks really cool, so there might be some effects worth exploring.