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1 Intro. To Fiber Arts Fiber, Yarn, Fabrics

2 What is a Fiber? A fiber is a natural or synthetic filament that can be spun into yarn. Natural – start as a plant or animal. (Cotton, Wool, Silk, Bamboo, Hemp) Synthetic - Created from chemical compounds. (Nylon, Polyester, Spandex )

3 What is Yarn? Yarn is fibers that have been spun together and used to make fabric. The amount of “twist” in the yarn produces different characteristics: Loose twist – bulky, soft, fuzzy fabrics Tight twist – smooth, shiny fabric.

4 What is Fabric? Fabric refers to any material made through felting, knitting or weaving. The word “fabric” is also a synonym for the word “textile.” Textile refers to any material made of interlacing fibers.

5 Felted Fabric A non-woven fabric formed when subject to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Oldest method – dating back to BC – where felt applique motifs were found in wall paintings. Saddlecloth Decorated with Applique Pattern Created: Russia. Pazyryk Culture. 5th - 4th century BC Found: Altai Territory, Pazyryk Boundary, the Valley of the River Bolshoy Ulagan. Pazyryk Barrow No. 5 (excavations by S.I. Rudenko, 1949) Such saddlecloths were used when the rider's saddle had no felt covering. The whole surface of this white felt saddlecloth, except for a narrow band beneath the saddle, is covered with scaly appliqué ornament of coloured felt. Along the edge of the horsecloth is a red felt border with horseshoe-shaped appliqués. Attached to one edge of the saddlecloth was the red felt chest piece with a white felt lining.

6 Knit Fabric A fabric made interlocking loops of one or more yarns together by hand with knitting needles or by machine. Examples of knitted fabrics: Jersey Knit Velour Rib Knit Schematic diagram of a knit fabric. Wikimedia Commons, 2005.

7 Woven Fabric Woven fabric is composed of TWO sets of yarns interlaced at right angles: The warp & the weft. Video on warp & weft. Shows basic plain (tabby) weave & basket weave. Also, discuss how on a pattern they are illustrated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3G1_KgfbzA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3G1_KgfbzA

8 Warp & Weft The warp yarn runs the length of the fabric.
The weft yarns also called “the fill” runs perpendicular to the warp yarns.

9 1. Plain 2. Basket 3. Twill 4. Satin
4 Basic Weaves 1. Plain 2. Basket 3. Twill 4. Satin

10 Plain Weave Plain weave is a simple over-under pattern. It can be identified by its checkered appearance. Examples of plain weave fabrics: Poplin, Chiffon, Taffeta, Grosgrain.

11 Basket Weave Basket weave is a version of the plain weave. It is an over-under pattern created with an equal number of warp & weft yarns woven as a group. Basket weave fabrics include: canvas and oxford cloth. The image shown is a 2x2 basket weave. Most common are 2x2 or 4x4. Variations include 2x1 and 2x3.

12 Twill Weave A twill weave can be identified by its diagonal lines also called a wale. Created by each weft yarn floating across two or more warps with a progression of interlacing by one to the right or left. Examples of twill weave include: Denim, Herringbone, Houndstooth, Tweed.

13 Satin Weave Satin weave is characterized by long floats of warp yarn. The warp yarn goes over four weft yarns before being woven under a single weft yarn. There is a simple 4 over, 1 under pattern. Satin fabric is made from long filament fibers in either polyester or silk.

14 Naming & Diagraming of Woven Fabrics are based on:
Fabric Structure Fabric Weight Yarn Type Yarn Balance Finishes

15 History of Weaving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHJTNntxAQ
Video: Brief history of weaving/loom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHJTNntxAQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHJTNntxAQ

16 American Indians weaving blankets
Indian weaver preparing his warp Egyptian slaves weaving Middle Eastern woman and children weaving a rug Indian weaver at a manual loom Hawaiian lauhala weavings African man weaving kente cloth

17 Egyptians Egyptians were weaving clothes using flax fibers as early as 5000BC.

18 Persians Ancient Persians were weaving carpets dating back 3500BC.

19 Pre-Contact Tribes in America: Navajo Blankets & Rugs
Textile weaving was a dominant craft in the early 1000s. (AD) “Teec Nos Pos" (colorful, with very extensive patterns) “Two Gray Hills" (predominantly black and white, with traditional patterns) “Ganado" (red dominated patterns with black and white)

20 African Cultures African people from Ghana and the Ivory Coast have been weaving Kente cloth since 1200s. All of the colors used in Kente cloth are symbolic.

21 Hawaiian Lauhala Weaving
Hawaiians and the peoples of the Pacific was have been performing Luahala weaving using the leaves of the Hala tree.

22 Europe & Modern-Day America
John Kay invented the flying shuttle – Spinning Jenny was invented.

23 Europe & Modern-Day America
Edmund Cartwright invented the first automatic loom. Kenworthy & Bullough invented Lancashire Loom. (semi-automatic) James Northrop invented a fully-automatic Northrop Loom with self-feeding shuttle. 1942 to present – The invention of automatic and shuttle less looms.

24 Weaving (on a loom) Process
Video: How a loom works: 5 processes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjhvOuKLR8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjhvOuKLR8

25 Weaving Process 5 Basic Steps: 1. Shedding 2. Picking 3. Beating-Up 4. Left Off 5. Take-Up Shedding: Separating the warp yarns into two layers by lifting and lowering the shafts, to form a tunnel known as the ‘shed’.

26 Weaving Process 5 Basic Steps: 1. Shedding 2. Picking 3. Beating-Up 4. Left Off 5. Take-Up Picking or Filling: Passing the weft yarn (pick) across the warp threads through the shed.

27 Weaving Process 5 Basic Steps: 1. Shedding 2. Picking 3. Beating-Up 4. Left Off 5. Take-Up Beating-up: Pushing the newly inserted weft yarn back into the fell using the reed.

28 Weaving Process 5 Basic Steps: 1. Shedding 2. Picking 3. Beating-Up 4. Left Off 5. Take-Up 4. The warp yarns are unwound from the warp beam during the above three processes. 5. Then the woven fabric is wound on the cloth bean during the above three processes. Left Off: The warp yarns are unwound from the warp beam during the above three processes. Take-Up: Then the woven fabric is wound on the cloth bean during the above three processes.

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