Weaving suprise

4 April 2013

single and double mayo q'enko

single and double mayo q’enko

Here you can see , on the left, a simple pattern, mayo q’enko, from the Andes. I have been working on my backstrap weaving under the guidance of Abby Franquemont at Stringtopia. I have been making progress, I’ve moved from crochet cotton to my own hand spun yarn. So far it has all been from one long wool fleece, a Border Leicester. I have also been dying it and now have a stash of nearly 30 color for warping.

Abby talked about how the doubled mayo q’enko pattern was more than just two mayo q’enkos. It has been a while since I did mayo q’enko and I did not explore its expanded forms. So time to revisit it with hand spun yarn. I chose a water blue and white for the first pattern, forgot some tie downs , put them in and got a clear, simple pattern on 4 pairs. Then I moved to 8 pairs, the original pattern doubled (on the right in the pic above). I put in a color change in the light pattern shed to have a reference point for myself. Wow!! I got an extra little diamonds inside of the big diamond because of the color change! Who knew.

I am thrilled with the complexity of the double design; part of it is the colors but part of it is the interaction of the edges of the single pattern now interacting with edges. I guess that our eyes discard the info at the edges.

Anyhow, I find the blue and white pattern very predictable and simple. The double pattern is much more complex and intriguing to me.

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One Response to “Weaving suprise”


  1. This is beautiful. The design and colors are very complimentary .

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