Collapse Weave

Collapse Weave

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a Collapse Weave class at Tabby Tree Weaver in Arcadia, IN with Linda Adamson. Had a fabulous time! It was 2 days of venturing out beyond my comfort zone. I am a weaver who likes fat yarns and a lot of cotton. This class was all about tiny yarns and anything but cotton! Thus, the learning curve was great!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with collapse weave (and that would include 95% of the population!), it is a style of weaving involving 2 different types of fibers – one that shrinks a lot and one that doesn’t at all. In this case, we used a hand-dyed tencel warp and an over-twisted wool (this is just what it sounds like!) weft. Once you weave the project, you dunk it into hot water and watch the fun begin!

My project began with a 14″ width and once it had collapsed, it measured less than 6″! For those of you old enough to remember, the process was very similar to watching Shrinky-Dinks! So cool! I’ve included some before and after photos for you!

Collapse Weave on the Loom

Collapse Weave Pre-Hot Water

Collapse Weave Post-Hot Water

Collapse Weave - All Done!

By |2011-10-24T10:58:24+00:00October 24th, 2011|Art|0 Comments

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Chris Acton is the President, Chief Weaver, and Jack-of-all-Trades for Acton Creative, based in NW Indiana. When she isn't weaving away, you can find her absorbed in a book while slurping gallons of hot tea.

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  1. Sonja Milojevic November 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Wow! It’s gorgeous! What a change after washing, not only in width but in color too! I love it!

  2. carol February 20, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    love the finished product, colors are great and blending is too.

  3. Patty Pulliam April 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    That is very cool!

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