Unravelling Overshot Online Class (2021)

Pattern: A 4 shaft overshot pattern set by the class instructor (HoneySamples)
Yarns:
Warp: 132 ends, originally measured at ~5yds but then this was the second project on it; Lunatic Fringe 10/2 mercerized cotton in “Kelp” colour
Tabby weft:
⁃ A variety of 10/2 mercerized cotton (Lunatic Fringe and others), some playing around at the end
Pattern weft:
⁃ A variety of 5/2 mercerized cotton I had in stash, and some doubled 10/2 mercerized cotton; some playing around at the end
Sett: 20epi
Method: Weaving — multishaft floor loom.
Completed: March 28, 2021.

This is the product of participating in the “Unravelling Overshot 2021” online class led by Janet Dawson, in early 2021. A thousand of us signed up for a multiweek online class and learned about overshot — weaving it, playing int with structure, etc.

The weaving experience: I moved this warp from my table loom to the (8 shaft Baby Wolf) floor loom, having had a miserable experience trying to weave it in overshot in the previous class. And, the weaving was not only much easier, it also produced better (more even) results.

The learnings: Wow. This was fun, too! I had to come to grips with my understanding of how blocks form patterns in the weaving (i.e., relationship of threaded shafts, treadle tie up, and the treadling pattern). And, I continued the colour experimenting from the weave along that had preceded the class. Bear in mind that the olive green warp is common to every single thing woven. The tabby (i.e., the weft that is the same thickness as the warp and makes the plainweave part of the weaving) weft colours blend with the warp, and the pattern weft (double the thickness) doesn’t, so much. You want contrast (hue and value) between the pattern weft and the blended tabby weft/warp. In the pictures below, I have included shots of some of the weaving in progress, so you can see the actual colours of the tabby and pattern wefts and see what happens to them when used.

The whole collection of samples from the class
The whole warp (minus initial test / washed swatch)

Star Fashion (ABCD) with blue and cyan stripes in pattern, purple tabby weft (front)
Star Fashion (ABCD) with blue and cyan stripes in pattern, purple tabby weft (back)
First Rose Fashion (DCBA), with red pattern weft and stripes of yellow and copper for tabby weft (front)
First Rose Fashion (DCBA), with red pattern weft and stripes of yellow and copper for tabby weft (back)
Sampler runner, with Star(-ish)/Rose fashion in succession (front)
Sampler runner, with Star(-ish)/Rose fashion in succession (back)
Teal pattern and copper tabby weft (ABCD)
ABCD (front)
ABCD (back)
Light yellow pattern and light blue tabby weft (DCBA)
DCBA (front)
DCBA (back)
Dark (hunter) green pattern, bright light green tabby weft (DABC)
DABC (front)
DABC (back)
Bright orange pattern, dark (hunter) green tabby weft (CBAD)
CBAD (front)
CBAD (back)
Darker blue pattern weft, orange tabby weft (CDAB)
CDAB (front)
CDAB (back)
Cyan pattern, medium blue tabby weft (BADC)
BADC (front)
BADC (back)
Dark purple pattern, copper tabby weft (BCDA)
BCDA (front)
BCDA (back)
Bright light green pattern, dark purple tabby weft (ADCB)
ADCB (front)
ADCB (back)
Clasped weft version of ABCD! Dark and light blue pattern weft, copper tabby
Clasped weft ABCD (front) — challenging to get the weft to sit properly, and the selvedges show it
Clasped weft ABCD (back)
Variegated pattern weft, with dark green tabby weft. I did not like how the orange in the variegated weft turned into sharp lines in the weaving.
ABCD variegated pattern weft / dark green tabby (front)
ABCD variegated pattern weft / dark green tabby (back) — and this may be my favourite with the variegated weft. The tabby patterning breaks up the orange striations I found troublesome in the front
ABCD with variegated pattern weft, copper tabby weft. The copper does diffuse the orange stripes, a bit, but not really enough
ABCD variegated/copper (front)
ABCD variegated/copper (back)
ABCD with variegated weft, and a light lavender silk (20/2) tabby
Variegeted pattern/light lavender silk tabby (front)
Variegeted pattern/light lavender silk tabby (back)
The 3 variegated weft samples, together (front)
Initial test sample — found treadle tie-up error! (front)
Initial test sample — found treadle tie-up error! (back)
Testing for squareness and for starting on right or left (front)
Testing for squareness and for starting on right or left (back)
Can’t put a line on the floor without a cat walking on it!
Copy Cat
Preparing the warp for transfer to the floor loom
Warp transfer in progress!
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