Re: Weft ease and a Senneh

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Posted by Wendel Swan on July 27, 1999 at 17:29:01:

In Reply to: Re: Weft ease and a Senneh posted by Marla Mallett on July 27, 1999 at 15:51:19:

Dear Marla,

You wrote:

: I think I've still not been clear about what "warp take-up" means--although I'm not sure that any of you should care!!! But here's a concrete example: If a rug 5 feet long actually required 5'4" of warp there would be 4" lost to "warp take-up."

You were clear and I understood the concept, but I inadvertently used the term "loom take-up" instead of "warp take-up."

As to the Senneh, my comment was intended to convey the thought that there should have been more "warp take-up" than was allowed or used. (At least that is what I think the problem was.) Whether it was because the warps had become too tight or whether it was because of insufficient weft ease, it looked to me as if it became increasingly difficult to pack down the wefts as they should have been. Hence, the motifs became elongated.

You also said:

: Since this kind of thing rarely needs to concern non-weavers, it is not something I've gone into in the book, although I have explained how weft-faced fabrics and depressed-warp rug structures are produced. Anyway, just to be clear, "warp take-up" is purely a weaver's concern and is NOT a necessary or appropriate part of any carpet analysis..... How did we get into this anyway!!!?

I lead us down this slippery slope by using the term "sinuous warps." We all need to know more about rugs and their construction in order to identify them. We can speculate endlessly about age and attribution but structures give us real information to compare and contrast.

I am grateful for your participation and input.


: Marla

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