Dukagång Group Project Underway
March 20, 2017 1 Comment
By Robbie LaFleur
Last year and this year our Scandinavian Weavers study Group is focusing on Swedish weaving, with a particular interest in linen. We’ve begun a group project on one of the two Glimakra looms at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. We put on a 12″ wide warp of 20/2 half-bleached linen, set at 30 epi, to experiment with dukagång. Jan Mostrom deserves special thanks for ordering the yarn and winding the warp.
Jan and Phyllis Waggoner warped; Melba Granlund helped, too.
Their efforts resulted in a even-tensioned warp with a beautifully wide shed. Each of 12 weavers will weave 12-18″. I was the first to test the warp, and I chose an image I frequently weave — can you tell from the back? Dukagång is woven from the back.
Jan Mostrom was the second one to weave, and the right side of my piece peeked at her as it wound through the loom. Now you’ll get it.
Jan Mostrom was next on the loom; look at her beautiful stars–or as much as you can see, at this point. Melba Granlund was the third person to weave; you can see the back of her piece here. A little hard to decipher…
Here’s Melba’s pattern: birds, a fabulous griffin, and a stylized floral border.
A problem with weaving grid-based patterns is remembering where you left off. I solved it by highlighting each new row before I wove it.
Melba’s system was more ingenious. She asked her husband, “Don’t you have a magnetized clipboard?” Shortly after, he came from the basement with a tool, a discarded metal refrigerator rack with a strong magnet. Melba moved the pattern as she finished each row.
I’ll share more photos as this magical warp progresses, and the cut-off day will be super fun.