Bindungslehre (Swedish Bindningslara) is the study of "bindings,"combinations of elements that together constitute a plan for specific fabrics. Professional and industrial weavers have long created their drafts systematically. Weave drafts are road maps to a desired fabric. Originating with patron books of the 18th century and later books of basic weaves and derivatives, a system of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) weaves has now been developed and can be described by standard notation. Based on the division of weave structures into plain, twill, or satin, relatively complex structures can be created using this standard notation. These basic elements can then be recombined to form extremely complex cloth.
This seminar will cover single-layer weaves, which can then be used as the starting point for more complex fabrics: networking, echo weaves, Jacquard projects, pattern or ground weaves for drawloom projects, multi-layer fabrics, and more. We'll do some exercises on graph paper and look at examples created/completed using weaving software.
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Systematic Weave Drafting & Derivation (Bindungslehre)
Sara learned to weave while living in Germany for 20 years. She is largely self-taught through books, some lessons, observation of professional weavers, extensive museum visits/connections. She has always been interested in textile history and archaeology. Sara weaves on countermarche looms, a 16-shaft computer assisted dobby, a 50-pattern shaft drawloom with 8 ground shafts, and Jacquard looms. Woven work centers on household linens and rugs, decorative items from the drawloom, and clothing fabrics/scarves. She studied drawloom weaving with Joanne Hall and took three courses in Jacquard design at Eastern Michigan University, Oaxacan rug weaving with Wence Martinez, and Jacquard weaving at Oriole Mill with Bethanne Knudsen.