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Complex Weavers is pleased to announce an Award to be given for excellence in complex weaving at juried shows. We would like to Encourage Interests and Share Information by acknowledging and publicizing excellent work done by talented individuals in areas of complex interlacements.
What better way to do this than to present a certificate of merit and a special ribbon at shows and exhibits featuring hand-woven items! The Award will focus on excellence in weaving with specific application of a threading draft or structure to achieve a complex interlacement of threads and fibers beyond plain weave. There is no requirement that the pieces must be woven on a designated number of shafts or on a multiple shaft loom.
Requests for the Award or information about the Award should be sent to the CW vice president email@example.com, preferably by email or with an email contact.
The Award Winner will receive a certificate, a woven ribbon and one year's membership in Complex Weavers
In return, CW asks for a description of the piece and a slide and/or photograph that will be copied for the new slide kit, for the gallery on the website and the archives.
A short article for the CW Journal would be appreciated.
The Award medallion
Lillian Whipple wove the central medallion in taqueté using 3 colors of fine silk. Click the medallion for a larger view.
The streamers used for some of the 2011 and 2012 CW Awards were woven in two colors of 20/1 and 10/2 mercerized blue cotton in turned overshot by Sandra Hutton, winner of the CW Award in 2004. The motif is a small single snowball from Mitchell, P. & Thompson, M. (eds.) Josephine Estes' Miniature Overshot Patterns for Hand Weaving. Boston: Weavers Guild of Boston, 1994.
The streamers used for the 2011 Awards were woven by Amy Norris in two colors of blue 30/2 silk.
The 16-shaft twill design was threaded as a point twill and treadled in an asymmetrical repeat to create
a central diamond motif with an elongated "tail" hanging below.
The streamers for 2009-2010 were woven by John Mullarkey. They are unusual, as well as being extraordinarily
beautiful, in that they are tablet-woven. Materials were blue 10/2 tencel, silk noil of an unknown count but
roughly twice the diameter of the tencel, and "a hint of glitz". They were tablet-woven in an
original design using the Egyptian Diagonals set-up and turning sequence. John has generously provided the
which should allow any tablet weaver to reproduce them.
The streamers used for the 2008 Awards were woven by Meg Wilson in a design based on Xs,
in which the intersection of the top of the X in threading and the waist of the X in treadling
resembles a weaver's knot. She used three ends of 60/2 silk per working end with a weft of gold
chainette in order to create a firm ribbon.
The 2007 Award streamers were woven by Lynn Smetko in a three block pattern of 3/1 twill
and false damask, using a hand-dyed painted warp and a hand-dyed weft of 20/2 silk.
The pattern is reversed half-way through so that when folded neither half of the streamer is
the 'wrong' side. The selvedges are tubular doubleweave.
Some of the 2005 streamers were woven by Laura Viada in turned overshot using
30/2 silk for ground warp and weft, while the pattern warp was 20/2 silk and
Carolyn Gritzmaker wove some of the early 2005 streamers using an old pattern
called Rose Tree
Carolyn wove others using a pattern called Maltese from Fiberworks. by permission
Laurie Autio wove the streamers used in 2004, using linen and silk in an
8-shaft fancy twill.
2003 ribbon streamers were woven by CW Award winner Jean Korus. Several of them are
Judie Eatough wove the streamers for 2002.
Sue Hunt wove the streamers for 2001. Unfortunately, a picture is not available.
In 1999, Charlotte Allison wove the streamers for the ribbons that were presented in 2001-2. Unfortunately, a picture is not available.
Marjie Thompson wove the first streamers
and assembled the Award ribbons.