The impossible brocade

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Posted by Marla Mallett on May 13, 1999 at 19:59:35:

In Reply to: Re: BOOKS (all kinds): Mostly Accurate Now or Frequently in Error Yet? posted by Jerry Silverman on May 12, 1999 at 22:31:49:


Here is the "renegade" brocade diagram, in three of its many incarnations. These particular examples are from books devoted to the flatweaves!

The construction shown would be impossible to weave. Imagine alternately inserting first a ground weft, then a short section of pattern weft as you worked up one side of this small motif. When you got to the top of the motif, however, there would be no way to reverse and go backwards (or downwards) with that same yarn to make the second side of the motif, because the ground cloth will already have been woven! No way!

To weave the two sides of the motif simultaneously, one would need to either use two separate brocading yarns, or start from the center of the brocading yarn and use its two ends for the patterning.


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