I’ve talked about weaving with a set design in mind or weaving with a more organic design before and each time I bring this up, at least a few people ask me what I mean by when I say an organic design. This weave I made is a good example of what I mean. To make it, I picked out the roving and the navy blue yarns and had 4 other “maybe” yarns on the side. I also had a basic idea in mind, the weave would have a base color of navy blue and a lot of roving, but otherwise I had no design plan.
I wove this piece starting out as I had described, with a general idea. As I went I would briefly pause here and there to take in the general look of the weave and then continued randomly add the yarns as it felt right. I like to think that this weave more or less wove itself and I was just along for the ride.
I really like to weave in this way, because it allows me to have the most enjoyment. I don’t have pressure on myself to create something specific and I’m open to experiment with shapes and colors as I go. It doesn’t always go smoothly and I do end up stuck sometimes. And like I mentioned before I occasionally break up this way of weaving with a very strictly designed weave as a mental break (it’s funny how that works).
This weave is a continuation of me playing around with texture and seeing what I could make with it. For the roving, I just did a plain weave (which I explain how to do that with roving here) and wove the roving back and forth along the warp strings. I also added some different purple colored threads with their own textures of loops and soumak.
This weave reminds me of a bunch of grapes, but it reminded my mom of a rolling thunder head. I loved that this weave can be interpreted differently depending on who is viewing it, which I think happened because I didn’t have a specific design in mind when I made it.
Have you woven in a more organic way? Or do you prefer to have a set design when weaving? Or maybe you do a little of both? I love to hear what you’re working on.