Still using coiling as a technique and using the tied method with cotton parcel string over a cotton core.
The construction is easier to see from this angle. The tied warps have incorporated the bound reed bundles as an edging. The reed inserts act as a retainer for the length of undyed linen going through the hollow middle of the construction.
The second coiled sample uses a cotton core and cotton parcel string for binding. The string has a certain rigidity which gives the structure less flexibility than the previous sample using wool.
The coiled base can be manipulated using the bound reeds as inserts to give a rigidity to the structure. This can be changed according to how the reed bundles are placed.
Another configuration by moving the reed bundles.
I am still looking at binding and traditional basketry techniques. This sample uses jute string and wool from the Hindolveston flock with coiling to create a flat circular structure.
I have combined the coiled circle with one of the bound reeds and used a piece of undyed linen to join them together. The ends of the reeds have been tapered to give a reference to seeing the ends of reeds when used in traditional thatch.
One aspect that is very much a part of reed gathering is bundling the reed into a standard size for thatchers to use. I have used various yarns for binding to give texture and colour to the reeds.
The arrangement of the reeds to create pattern to take into fabric digital print
Disaster! Taking the weave off the polystyrene holder it virtually collapsed as the reeds were too narrow for the weave construction. I replaced them with pure wool which gave a soft padded feel to the weave.
This shows the pocket construction with the yarn ends taken to the inside of the weave. Not what I was expecting from this construction but it could be an interesting development.
Setting the frame for a straight back, two pocket enclosure using reed as the warp.
Beginning the weave using 80% bamboo/ 20% wool mix.
Showing the weave progressing. The knots on the outside should push through to the back of the work when finished. I will finish with a few rows of cotton parcel string to give a texture contrast.