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An Exaltation of Blocks

  • Marriott Town Square Sugar Land, TX (map)

Conference Workshop

Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference
Hosted by Contemporary Handweavers of Houston
Marriott Town Square, Sugar Land, Texas

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. Through a slide presentation, find out how one weaver used the binary number system and the textures of 4-shaft shaft huck lace to develop the definitive number of two-block designs, and how these simple designs become the building blocks of more elaborate patterns. The design sessions allow weavers to construct and deconstruct complex patterns with component motifs from two different sets of Design Pages and Transparent Overlays. The pages are from a book called An Exaltation of Blocks written by Rosalie Neilson. Weavers will create original and unique patterns suitable for weaving on 8-shaft looms such as Huck Lace, Summer and Winter, and Warp-faced Rep. Some of the simpler designs can be woven on four shafts, while more complex designs can be woven on 24-shaft looms.