Krokbragd Weaving 15 March 2020

Stephanie Hoyleevent reports, weaving reports3 Comments

Another excellent workshop tutored by Kathryn Kusa. Eleven Guild members took part, and there was a lot of bustle early on as everyone arrived and started to set up their looms – quite a variety of these, including 2 rigid heddle looms. We had warping instructions beforehand. Krokbragd uses just uses 3 shafts and is threaded 1, 2, 3, 2. It is a weft faced technique, so the warp, made of strong cotton, does not show. Kathryn began by showing us the lifting sequence on the 4-shaft loom: 12, 23, 13, then how the patterns are produced. She then demonstrated the set up for the rigid heddle, which we were all interested to see. The loom is warped in the usual way, with threads alternately through slots and holes, then supplementary heddles (Kathryn had used inkle loom heddles, which she said were just the right length) are attached to the threads in the slots. These are slipped alternately onto two dowels so that half are on each. The sheds are formed as follows: 1. rigid heddle in the up position, first lot of supplementary heddles raised; 2. rigid heddle still in the up position, second lot of supplementary heddles raised; 3. rigid heddle in the down position. Kathryn then handed us instruction sheets, with patterns to try. As ever the results were amazingly varied, with differences in colour and scale producing very different results from the same pattern suggestions. Later in the day Kathryn showed us how to draw out pattern ideas and convert them to weaving instructions. A brilliant day, just fitted in before the self isolation instructions from the government.

Kathryn demonstrates the techniques:

Our weaving:


3 Comments on “Krokbragd Weaving 15 March 2020”

  1. Thanks for such an informative report – I feel we could all try this alone (but together) just from the notes and photographs.

  2. Thank you for such a brilliant and informative report. I particularly like all the photos, they are a real reminder of the day – and life before we all had to “Stay at Home”.

  3. Loved your photos.I was wondering if you would be interested in my yarn and selvedge from the weaving of Harris tweed.I also have condenser yarn great for all kinds of hand craft and felting My prices are very reasonable.Like I said love what you do. Kind regards Jim

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