Andean Pebble Weave
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Andean pebble weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in the highlands of South America, is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Indigenous weavers use geometric, animal, plant and human figures posed on the dotted or “pebbled” background characteristic of this weave to decorate carrying cloths, ponchos, coca leaf bags, belts and sashes.
Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to execute.
Andean Pebble Weave enables you, through four lessons packed with step-by-step photos, detailed instructions and pattern charts, to produce both traditional and contemporary pebble weave figures and designs—from the most basic geometrics to Andean fauna. From backstrap to tapestry to rigid heddle loom, any sturdy frame with adjustable tension that can be used to produce a warp-faced textile can be used to weave these delightful motifs.
Although many weavers have adapted the technique to their inkle looms, please note that the book does not provide specific instructions for how to set this up on an inkle loom using the inkle loom heddling system.
The inkle loom-friendly method is taught in my book Andean Pebble Weave on Inkle Loooms. If your primary loom is the standard inkle loom, that book teaches three methods for creating Andean Pebble Weave patterns taking into account the particular characteristics of the inkle loom. Full instructions on setting up the loom are provided and all three techniques are explained with step-by-step photos, detailed descriptions and video clips.
Andean Pebble Weave includes an appendix that covers how to weave pebble weave on a 4-shaft loom. The draft and instructions for how to manage the pick-up are included.
More Adventures with Warp-Faced Pick-up Patterns builds on the knowledge and experience gained with this book.
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