For a lot of weavers, colour is king. I love colour, but I have also worked a lot with black and white, and in my most recent pieces, white on white. I really enjoy this challenge as the structure of the fabric becomes more important.
I wove three diffrent patterns for this projects, I only warped up once, but changed my tie up and treadling for each pattern so I had related patterns for each piece.
The warp for this fabric is 20/2 tencel and the weft is a fine polyester that I had a large cop of in my stash. I chose it because it was an optical white whilst the tencel was a softer white so there was a small contrast to help show off the patterns.
The dress I made is a three layer shift with an uneven hem.
I finished the dress by binding the neck and armholes with handmade silk bias binding. Then I beaded near the hem and just a few on the left neck area.
After I had finished this project I tied on a new warp and wove a wrap using the same yarns and also using the three patterns as well. I took images of the tie-on process.
Before I cut off the dress fabric, I wove a few picks of plain weave with a contrating yarn. This means that the warp yarns can be picked off the the woven rows in exactly the right order.
I wsn't using the whole width of the original fabric, so I started my tie on part way across the old warp.
It looks like a mess once all the knots are ties, but every warp yarn is in order.
Just a good tug on the new warp and it all straightens out and winds on easily. It does take a while to tie all those knots (I use an overhand knot for this) but you know that your threading is correct.