Kay Faulkner

FaulknerK_OA full-time professional hand weaver for 30 years, Kay recognises the importance of unique hand woven cloth. It is the potential of weave structure that is the driving force behind her ongoing research. She has taught, been published, and has exhibited extensively both within Australia and internationally. From a lifetime interest in the field of textiles and an ongoing commitment to research, she continues to be enthralled by the potential afforded to the hand weaver. Kay has Master Weaver’s accreditation from OHS, Canada and has served as second vice-president of Complex Weavers.

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Ties: Practical, Decorative, and Unconventional

Kay Faulkner - Tied Weaves208 Saturday PM

Usually the focus for tied unit weaves is on developing block patterns. This seminar focuses on the actual ties and in particular creating imagery with them. What can be done with ties? This is a very different approach to tied unit weaves. Theory begins with exploring 6-shaft unit weaves on eight shafts. The remaining two pattern blocks allows for the development of positive and negative design. Another “look” at familiar two, three, and four-tie structures follows with the focus on exploring the non-traditional. The availability of using more shafts for the ties on multishaft looms allows for design of greater complexity. The balance between tie design and block design is considered. Both play an important role in imagery. This is just the start of a grand adventure!

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East Meets West

Kay FaulknerKay - Sotis417 Sunday PM

Most weavers look toward European and American weave structures for inspiration. Some real gems can be found in Eastern textiles. The focus of this seminar is on warp-faced textiles. In southeast Asia these textiles are usually woven on backstrap looms but they can be modified to suit multishaft looms. Analysis of ethnic textiles provides some interesting additions to techniques for the hand weaver. Techniques include: warp wrapping, sotis (colour-and-weave on thick and thin), supplementary warp (one-faced), supplementary weft (one-faced), “exposed” weft, tapestry inserts, the inclusion of beads in the weaving. Drafting for multishaft looms is included. Consideration is also given to maximizing the potential of your loom while combining structures.