These cotton and linen wrapping cloths are inspired by the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki - an everyday wrapping cloth used traditionally for gifts or transporting food. This pattern creates two 28" square wrapping cloths using one cone of Italian Cotton Linen Weaving Yarn. The subtle spaces in the warp come from a simple technique called "skip dent", where a dent or two is skipped throughout the reed as you are threading. The variations in density create a lacy, textured cloth.
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Designed by Bree Bergen for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.
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Bree writes, "I decided to use the same linen/cotton fibre for both the warp and weft to highlight the colour and texture of the fibre. I included some simple open work details - I really liked the way it showed off the thickness and variation in each thread. The material shares the crispness and texture of 100% linen, which I use fairly often, but without its moodiness/fussiness. It is perfect and I am looking forward to using it again."
Threading: Use a skip dent technique to create an interesting pattern in the cloth
Weaving & Finishing:
Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Bree Bergen is a textile artist, art educator, and residential architect. Her interests include a number of very different disciplines, including drawing, art education, and architecture, all of which inform her weaving practice. She enjoys the material awareness that weaving instils, and the research-based learning and hands-on design problem solving that underpins the craft. Bree holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. She has led art classes for various organizations, including Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Toronto District School Board, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba Children’s Museum, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Bree has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, the New York Centre for Book Arts, and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland.