February 14, 2014 Meeting–What Makes CRACKLE Pop?

Kristin and Cindy presenting their program on crackle weave

Kristin and Cindy presenting their program on crackle weave

Kristen Cleveland and Cindy Harris presented our February program on crackle weave. Crackle is a very versatile weave structure consisting of blocks. This structure can be woven on four or eight shafts with even the four-shaft patterns looking interesting and complex. Traditional crackle will never have more than three weft floats.

Blocks are a characteristic of crackle weave.

Blocks are a characteristic of crackle weave.

So what makes crackle POP? It’s the color blending and textures that are created. Crackle gives the weaver excellent opportunities to experiment with color blending. Keep in mind if the design is complicated, keep the colors simple. If you are using many colors, keep the design simple.

Color blending and texture make crackle POP!

Color blending and texture make crackle POP!

Since crackle is a block weave structure, profile drafting can be used for the weaver to design his/her own motif. Another advantage of this weave structure is one warp and one tie up can be used for a wide variety of options.

Cindy and Kristin provided us with an informative handout to help us get started with our own projects. There are also many books on crackle in the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners’ library which can be checked out by members.

Plans are being made to warp one of the Guild’s looms so members can get some hands-on experience making crackle pop!

Kristin made a sampler showing how one warp and one tie up can result in many different looks.

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2 Responses to February 14, 2014 Meeting–What Makes CRACKLE Pop?

  1. luv2knit2000 says:

    Nice article! Marie

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