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Weaving a Pulled Warp Tapestry


This is the cartoon that guided me in weaving the sections of the dodecahedron. The diamond that's highlighted in yellow is the one that's "missing" in the final piece. The other highlighted edges form the piece's opening.

[Weaving on Loom]

Here's an early stage of the weaving. I used 12/6 Fiskgarn-Mattvarp from Glimakra as warp and a 2000 ypp 2 ply tussah from Henry's Attic as weft. A linen warp would probably have provided more body. Each diamond was outlined with twining to help show off the separate facets.

Strips of plastic shopping bags were woven in forming an armature to help keep the diamonds' points from packing down. Strips of heavy paper might have been a better choice for this temporary weft.

[Weaving off Loom]

Here the weaving's off the loom and the plastic support wefts have been removed.

[Weaving After Pulling Warps]

Pulling the warps brings the sections together forming 3-dimensional "whole cloth" for the first time.

[Rhombohedral Dodecahedron][Rhombohedral Dodecahedron]

With a few seams and other hand finishing the dodecahedron appears! The fringes are untrimmed warp threads. The red shape peeking out the top is its generating cube (also woven using pulled warp tapestry).

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