Pick-up Weaving of South America Complementary-warp patterning on body-tensioned looms
In this two-day workshop, we follow the path of young girls in some regions of South America as they take their first steps in weaving on narrow warps that are tied to their waists. With these simple body-tensioned looms, we create bands of plain weave, and then learn to add simple pick-up patterns. While doing so, participants will review the basics of backstrap loom operation and the principles of complementary-warp pick-up weaving using only their fingers as tools.
Participants practice reading the weaving from the cloth as well as charting new designs directly from woven samples.
This versatile technique allows weavers to create patterns using a variety of base structures including twill, intermesh and pebble.
The principles are then applied to a slightly wider warp as we weave a classic Andean hook design on which many of the motifs seen in South American textiles are based. We will prepare warps to weave a variety of patterns by mirroring and flipping the hook motif.
Finally, we learn to apply these principles to warps of any width.
Participants will take home fully dressed warps that they create themselves in class so that they can continue to study these motifs and pick-up techniques.