Dianne Totten

Diane TottenDianne, a weaver for 35 years and teacher for 20, uses a variation of woven shibori to produce what she calls “crimp cloth” to create one-of-a-kind garments with the heat-set fabric. Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC, nationally and internationally for guilds, conferences, and at Convergence 2012. Her award-winning work has appeared in SS&D, Handwoven, Weavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and Vävmagasinet. Väv chose her crimp jacket as “Best in Show” in its category at the Swedish National Convention Fashion Show.

Totten crimp cloth photocrimp cloth vest

The Complexity of Crimp Cloth

401, Saturday PM

The non-dye variation of woven shibori that Dianne calls crimp cloth can be woven on as few as four shafts. What happens when you use multiple shafts? Through lecture and visual presentation, follow my journey of modifying threadings, tie-ups, and/or treadlings to maximize the possibilities for weaving this magic cloth. See how adding color increases the perception of complexity. Possibilities for both warp crimp and weft crimp will be presented.