Ply-Splitting Analogies

One, Two, or Three-Day Workshop

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Ply-splitting borrows techniques from weaving in this workshop. Learn how to interpret weave structures in ply-split braiding by using the drawdown portion of a weaving draft. Any single-layer weave structure is suitable, no matter the number of shafts. Embellish pieces with supplementary cords, which float above and below the surface of a ply-split piece and offer the opportunity to show off unique design effects. Create ply-split versions of intricate, ornate and colorful passementerie bands, known as galons, with ply-split darning. These three techniques will take your ply-splitting to a new level, and you certainly don’t have to be a weaver to enjoy all the possibilities. You do have to be an experienced ply-splitter.

Note: This workshop has three distinct components. Each of the three can be a one, two, or three-day workshop, or you can mix and match the components to fit the allotted time. Each component requires at least one day.

Component 1: Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns
Part One: 

I. Interlacement drawdowns, use of the gripfid 

II. Ply-splitting a 2/2 twill sample


Part Two: 

I. Designing a ply-split coaster from a weaving drawdown 

II. Coaster construction and finishing


Part Three (beyond one day): 

Designing and beginning a project (mat, belt, necklace, or basket)

Component 2: Ply-Splitting with Supplementary Cords
Part One: 

I. Making a cord with a loop at the outend 

II. Supplementary cord added to a SCOT braid

Part Two: 

I. Basket starts with supplementary cords 

II. Beginning a four-sided basket

Part Three (beyond one day):  

I. Continue with basket 

II. Design and begin a basket or braid

Component 3: Ply-Split Passementerie

Part One:

I. Making a cord with a loop at the outend

II. Analysis of passementerie bands

Part Two:

I. Making a ply-split galon

II. Finishing options

Part Three (beyond one day):  

I. Further analysis of galons from a variety of sources

II. Designing and making a galon

Level of expertise: Intermediate to advanced; must know quarter twist and half twist. Students must have email access.

Maximum number of students: 12

Students need: a prescribed number of cords of a desired size and appropriate size gripfid for sampling and projects; cones of 5/2 or 10/2 pearl cotton (at least two colors with light/dark contrast) for cord making, scissors, ¾” masking tape, tapestry needle, white glue, note-taking materials, ear protectors, extra light or headlamp if desired

Materials fee: Depends on the chosen components. Contact Barbara.

Room requirements: A room with very good light

Each student needs: plenty of table space for a work area, a comfortable chair, good light 

Teacher needs: two banquet-size tables for displaying many examples, chalk board and chalk or white board and markers 

Teacher needs for cord-making setup: two six-foot tables end-to-end, corded electric drill and extension cord. Ideally this setup should be in a separate room near the classroom, due to noise from the drill.



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