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Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 4

Warp ArchiveDeanna LynchComment

In 2015 was the first time I used my sectional beam for my Macomber loom. I was determined to make my Macomber more efficient for production weaving. It was (and still is) my favorite loom. It was the loom I learned to weave on - the loom I had an “aaaaah, this is home” feeling on when I was in school at Haywood Community College. The school sold it when they built a new craft building - it was too big for the new studio.

All of my bamboo warps have been woven on this loom.

Warp #4 was woven off of my loom in the summer of 2015. I was in a hurry to get it off the loom so I could take the finished bolt off and move my loom to our new house. Up until this point, my studio was my living room in our double-wide rental.

Our new place had a 2-car garage that would become my new studio (so much room for more looms!). Once moved, I cut and sewed all the yardage into tops. They had an allover pin-stripe look and I loved them.


For anyone interested in the learning more about the Macomber as a production loom, Sarah Haskell’s blog in an amazing resource. I was looking into putting an auto-advance, fly-shuttle and sectional beam on my loom and she was able to provide images of these parts on a Macomber. You can check out the images and information in her post here:

(thanks, Sarah!)

I have enjoyed working with my Macomber sectional beam - I have been able to wind on more yardage to the back more efficiently. Once I acquired a couple of AVL looms I began to rely on them more heavily for my production weaving needs and use my Macomber for warps of 25 yards or less (usually).

bamboo tee white and black dlynch

Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 3

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My third bamboo warp was mostly neutrals - grey, white and a pale mint green for the warp. This was the widest warp I had woven with this yarn - it was 42” wide.

The yarn is sett at 48 ends per inch - for those who are unfamiliar with weaving that means that when the warp (or length-wise) yarns are measured out, each inch of width contains 48 threads. Each thread is measured, then wound onto the loom, threaded through a tiny heddle, drawn through the reed…all this must happen before the weaving can being.

This warp was woven in January 2015, part of a group of pieces created for an exhibition held at HandMade in America in Asheville, NC. The full-length gown has appeared in other exhibits - as pictured below at Grovewood Gallery in July 2017.

The tank top is the only one I have ever made (so far) and I wear it to all my shows…

Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 2

Warp ArchiveDeanna LynchComment

With my second attempt at creating a bamboo top, I decided to simplify the color blocking. I designed the warp with 1/3 being pin-striped with black an white yarn and 2/3 being solid brown. The 1/3 pin-stripe area became the top third of the garment with the 2/3 brown warp towards the bottom. My thinking was that this would encourage attention towards the face of the wearer - this in combination with the supreme drape of this fabric makes for a top that is flattering on so many body shapes and sizes.

The neutral colored base of the warp allowed me to weave in colors like blue, green or maroon and create several tops that looked completely different.

The magic of ‘color and weave’ with twills…

Color and weave is a way to achieve patterning in weaving by planning (and changing) the order of your warp and weft colors. When you add twills (rather than plain weave, the simplest weave structure) to this technique the patterning possibilities expand. I will busy for the rest of my life with this technique.

This warp was woven in late 2014.

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Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 1

Warp ArchiveDeanna Lynch

Bamboo warp #1 was woven as a final project while I was in school. During our final months at Haywood Community College we participated in an exhibition for graduates at the Southern Highland Craft Guild - Folk Art Center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I graduated in 2014 from the program and my work was on display over the summer months.

For my final project I was determined to make garments but I wanted to transition to a fiber that was affordable and also higher-end than cotton. Amanda Thatch (who was the Textile Coordinator at Penland at the time) suggested bamboo and I was off! Thanks to Amanda I was set on a path of making sumptuous fabrics with this fine fiber that I cannot get enough of.

I had already been working with striping, twills, color and weave and translating this into a garment with color blocking and tiny patterning was so exciting. I continue to learn from each warp.