November 9, 2019 – Christine Pratt
Analyzing Cloth (Playing Detective)
This will be an afternoon workshop led by Christine Pratt. Learn how to take an existing fabric that you would like to replicate and analyze the weave structure. You will learn how to figure out the weave structure using a pick glass and draft the weave on graph paper. You will then determine the minimum number of harnesses needed to make it and then draft the threading and the harness lift plan. From this you will be able to determine whether you can weave it on looms available to you. The instructor will provide pick glasses, graph paper and swatches to practice on. You will take these materials home with you. Participants should bring a portable desk lamp of some type, pencil and eraser, fine tip black marker, and scissors to trim swatches. Bring your own fabrics with you that you want to analyze, the more complicated the better.
Instructor Bio: A class with Betty Atwood at UVM in 1968 started Christine weaving. After getting her B.S. in Clothing and Textiles she worked in retail in NYC, and then ran a wholesale hand weaving business for 8 years. Christine moved on to teaching textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 30 years. Courses she taught included Fundamentals of Textiles, Woven Fabric Structures, Woven Fabric Analysis, Costing and Converting, Fabric Styling, Yarn Analysis, and Home Textiles. After retiring Christine taught weaving at the Handicraft Club in Providence RI for 5 years. She now teaches weaving in her studio in Bradford VT and enjoys weaving scarves, shawls, bags, and tea towels to sell. Her favorite yarns to work with are rayon chenille and cottolin.