- Sara Nordling
Elements of Design: Line
Lines created by supplementary warp, tacked down with an occasional weft thread.
Where do you find a line in weaving? Let’s start with the obvious; a thread is a line. Warp and weft are lines. Some are thick and some thin, some smooth and some fuzzy, some shiny and some dull.
A line has weight (thickness/darkness), length (short or long) and direction (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curvy).
Each thread line does not act independently but can be used in various ways to create yet more lines in weaving. I see these lines as falling into two general categories: lines created with color or value changes, and lines created by structure or texture changes. Then, of course, you can combine them as well to create even more lines.
Tartan created by warp and weft color stripes and a structural twill line.
A partial list of lines
Color stripes in warp or weft
Tartans (two-way stripes)
Fibonacci series stripes
Warp faced weaves such as rep weave
Straight twill lines
Some overshot designs
Using yarns of different types for your stripes
Are these obvious? Perhaps. It’s what you do with the line that matters. When we explore the principles of design you will see that using a line isn’t always easy or straightforward. When we begin the principles, I will be proposing some design challenges for you to play with if you choose to do so. For now, just think about line in weaving and all the various ways you have seen it used. Add to my list, it is not exhaustive. In doing so you will be making a collection of line options you can use in the future.
Lines created with one color warp and one color weft. Satin weave transitions from warp-faced to weft-faced creating the lines. The alternate is happening on the edge stripes.
Lines created by a twill variation plus added weft stripes as accents on either end of the scarf.