Weaving contours with a fan reed
For adventurous weavers who want to break away from the straight, parallel and gridlike lines, they might want to consider ondulé—weaving with curving warp threads. Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed by Norma Smayda with Gretchen White is an informative and instructional book featuring more than 180 color photographs.
The first section of the book provides historical context of the fan reed. The subsequent chapters include profiles of innovative British 20th century weavers Peter Collingwood and Theo Moorman who were recognized for their techniques. Collingwood developed a method of manipulating warp and weft that produced curves without the need of a fan reed. Whereas Reed created a simple fan reed in the 1960s that she used in her smaller woven textiles, but also used for her larger pieces.
Examples of Japanese ondulé from the collection of John Marshall are included. Known as mizouri (water weave) These pieces date from the 1960s to 1980. The “waves” are created by using a technique called bruising in the which the warp and/or the weft are manipulated with a pick. Smayda and White also provide readers with a special treat by featuring five contemporary fan reed weavers who write about their individual work and aesthetics.
The second section of the book consists of Smayda’s first attempt in weaving a sampler, becoming familiar with the reed and discovering its many possibilities followed by a series of projects she creates. Each of these come with patterns that are provided in an appendix.
Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed is the perfect book for intermediate to advances weavers who want to expand their technique.
Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed is available on Amazon.com.