Research: On Weaving by Annie Albers

Reading Response to On Weaving By Annie Albers

This excerpt was a great introduction to weaving. It explains the basic terminology like warp and weft and it talks about basic weave structures. I am almost completely new to weaving so having these terms defined was really useful. It explained how plain weave is a basic construction with an over under pattern. Twill weave goes over or under one or more threads to create a pattern and flexibility. The satin weave is an unbalanced weave structure that is beaten together and can only be seen on one side of the weave.

I had actually tried a twill weave when I was playing around with my loom trying to discover how to make a pattern before reading this. I didn’t even know my experimentation was a defined weave structure, so that was a nice discovery. This leads me to believe its a pretty intuitive weave structure. Mine was definitely not very precise though.

After reading the excerpt I am still not entirely sure what a satin weave is. I googled it and looked at images and that gave me a better understanding, but I think I would need to see someone weaving that way or try it out in order to fully understand. I am a visual and kinesthetic learner.

The excerpt also explains the uses for each type of weave structure. The plain weave is used for most fabrics because of its durability, the twill weave is used for clothing because of its flexibility, and the satin weave is used for luxury items because of it’s sheen and softness.

For my own reference I have written her definition of the terms below.

  • Warp thread: the threads grouped vertically or lengthwise
  • Weft thread: the threads running horizontally or widthwise (also called filling threads).
  • Stitchers: the point of intersection of warp and weft filling
  • .Plain weave: a weft thread moves alternately over and under each warp thread it meets on its horizontal course from one side of the warp to the other; returning, it reverses the order and crosses over those threads under which it moved before and under those which it crossed.
  • Twill weave: The successive filling threads move over one warp thread or over a group of warp threads, progressively placing this thread or group of threads one warp thread to the right or left of the preceding one.
  • Satin weave: The long floating threads, cover the point of intersection of warp and weft and permit the threads to be beaten together closely, so that a uniform, smooth surface is achieved, lacking any obvious visible structural effects.
Image from: https://www.artemorbida.com/anni-albers-on-weaving-new-expanded-edition/?lang=en

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