REP WEAVINGS - OP to Be Square
is a fully realized draft of Laurie
Herrick's "Circus Op" as described in Elsie Regensteiner's book
Weavers Study Course, p 127. The optical illusion of 3-dimensions is created
by the size of blocks gradating from small to large. I wanted to reinterpret
this design in warp-faced rep. SInce this is a 6-shaft draft, a warp rep design
would require a 12-shaft loom to achieve the hour glass shape of each block.
Recognizing this as a checkerboard type of design, I reinterpreted the draft
for 2-blocks as shown below.
to Be Square - Design Process in Warp Rep
the Design and Weaving Process for a Reinterpretation of Laurie
Herrick's "Circus Op"
redesigned draft is a 2-block design which can be woven on a 4-shaft loom. Block
1 is threaded on shafts 1 and 3 with black on shaft 1 alternating with white
on shaft 3 for X number of times. Block 2 is threaded on shafts 2 and 4 with
black on shaft 2 alternating with white on shaft 4 for X number of times. As
the blocks increase in size, the number of threading and treadling units adjusts
remind me of clowns juggling balls, so the first interpretation to the right
shows different sized circles representing the balls.This is a 2-block, 4-shaft
then I rethought the concept of a checkerboard arrangement. Why not alternate
circles with solid squares? The center column requires 2 more blocks to accomplish
the alternation so this is a 4-block, 8-shaft design. The final rug design appears
"OP to Be Square"
- 36" x 101"
Warp-faced rep rug designed
and woven by Rosalie Neilson to honor Laurie
Herrick's Op Art works