Doni Pack has four pieces in the Twisting Twining Tumbling exhibit currently on display in our Mezzanine Gallery. She lives in Ivins, Utah. Here she writes about her four pieces:
Weaving As Art Suite
"The weaving pieces in my Weaving as Art Suite tell the story of my growth as a weaver from when I started in 2018. Weaving as Art #4 is my original ‘sampler’ project where I was introduced to the loom, yarns, and weaving techniques. I expanded my knowledge and skills with each subsequent piece.
These four weaving pieces were designed to be shown as a group. All four use similar colors of yarn, and even some of the same yarns. Together they illustrate how examples of weaving can be displayed using wooden implements utilized in the process of weaving.
Weaving as Art #1 – Overshot with Shuttles:
This weaving design is often referred to as a ‘blooming flower’. The flower is made by weaving the plain background and the flower on top of the background at the same time. This method of weaving is called ‘overshot’. The two overshot pieces hang between two weaving shuttles. Shuttles are used to “shoot” the weft yarn in between separated warp yarns.
Weaving as Art #2 – Overshot in Warping Frame:
‘Overshot’ is a method of weaving a plain background and a complicated top design at the same time. This piece is done in linen with a rayon overshot pattern. Linen is yarn made from the flax plant. Different parts of the design show up as you look at the weaving from different angles. This weaving is displayed using a warping board as a frame.
Weaving as Art #3 – Shibori and Weaving in Warping Board:
Weaving #3 also uses a warping board – a wooden frame with dowels which the weaver uses to measure lengths of yarns by wrapping it around the pegs. The weaving consists of cotton cloth hand dyed in a spiral, overlaid with a spider web type design using novelty yarns. Spiders are some of nature’s most talented weavers.
Weaving as Art #4 – Color and Texture:
This weaving is a simple study in color and texture. Different yarns change the texture and different colors highlight the patterns. Although most of the weaving is done using a weaving loom, certain sections are created by wrapping weft yarn around warp yarns using the fingers. The piece is hung from the beam of a rigid heddle loom."
- Doni Pack, Dec. 2019