I am involved in a study group with my guild, the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners; and this year our topic is inlay.
I thought I’d take a look at the Theo Moorman technique of inlay and see how far I can go with it. Typically, this technique is used in tapestry or ecclesiastical weaving, and it involves a surface design element laid over a woven background cloth. The inlay is held in place by a nearly invisible tie down thread which is hidden within the warp and only surfaces when needed.
I thought I’d start with the simplest permutation of Theo Moorman; that is plain weave ground cloth and one tie down thread; so, only three shafts are needed.
I found this pattern in Handwoven Magazine May/June 2013; the pattern was created by Line Dufour (you can read her blog here).
I had my fingers crossed as it went into the Eucalan wash, hoping it would soften. After it dried it was much softer but still not very supple. I guess that it is the nature of plain weave to be firm, but this was unpleasantly firm!