Sue Parker Bassett
The Twenty Year Runner
A runner to go on my buffet
I was reminded of the question one always seems to hear “How long did that take you?” while I was designing and weaving this runner. The answer is twenty years. I first learned how to do network drafting from a book I found at Linda Adamson’s shop in Arcadia and then took an online program with Alice Schlein in the days long before zoom. There was also a guild study group on the topic. Eleanor Best led some of us in another study group about sett and beat and all the things one needs to know to make good weaving weaving decisions. The guild had many programs about color through the years plus other topics that I found very useful in learning how to weave. All of that went into making a “Twenty Year Runner”.
Warp was 8/2 ring spun cotton in variegated coral, pink and green. I obtained this from Shiny Dime Fibers here in Indiana
Weft was 8/2 cotton in purple. It was made by Bockens obtained from Vavstuga.
Sett: 24 epi, 1 end per heddle, 2 ends per dent in a 12 dent per inch reed.
Dimensions: 19 1/8 inches wide at the reed on the loom, 16 3/4 inches wide after finishing 48 inches long on the loom, 42 inches after wet finishing
Loom: Rising shed. I used my table loom as the loom herd members were otherwise occupied.
Weaving Structure: Twill – network drafted design created by me for 8 shafts.