REP WEAVE..

Warp-faced rep weave has the same appeal to me as weft-faced block weaves. In both techniques, there is an intensity of color coupled with the play of design blocks. Rep is sometimes referred to as "ripsmatta", a Swedish term for a rug characterized by the alternation of thick and thin picks of weft, or ribs (also known as "rips" in Swedish).Click on link for 4-shaft warp rep Sampler

My partner in weaving is a 16-shaft Macomber loom which I named Brunhilde, after the famous operatic Diva. I create the compositions and she does the singing. I use a sectional warp beam, warping an inch at a time, to simplify the process of putting on complex warp stripes. I use the computer software program called Fiberworks PCW to create my designs, and a Dobbytron to operate the treadling and tie-up of my loom. --Rosalie Neilson

Rosalie Neilson's current work involves developing abstract designs on a 16-shaft loom -- where two shafts control the color of one block. A block can be either a pattern coloration or a background coloration.

Photography by Cameron R. Neilson, The Seen

Click on images above and at left for more photos and information about Warp-faced Rep.
Click here to see weavers from England at Ravenscar Spring Conference March 2006