There is no other way to describe my process of learning the double cloth technique other than “A Beautiful Mess.” Double cloth means twice the fun: two separate warps, two warp colors, and twice the number of treadles as my previous weaving project. It was fun, but it wasn’t easy. Imagine endless tangles, snapping threads, and head scratching. My instructor, Visjna, was so patient and worked with me through my struggles. Key learnings: do not weave while hungry or after a nine-hour workday. Mistakes aside, I love all the threading errors and broken warp threads that accumulated as I worked. The unexpected texture and imperfection give it so much interest.
This project is from the second weaving class I took from the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, and I’ll share the finished piece in my next post. To see my previous weaving project, click here and here.