After working as a jacquard designer for 11 years, I revisited my handloom and discovered some holes in my weaving knowledge. To remedy this, I pursued the CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE from the HANDWEAVERS GUILD OF AMERICA which forced me to learn and execute many foundational weave structures such as lace weaves, tapestry, overshot, leno, velvet, corduroy and many others. I was evaluated and passed Level 1 Handweaving in 2012 and am currently pursuing my own woven artwork.
Handwoven silk velvet for the Certificate of Excellence. I set the loom up to weave a twill velvet so when it is cut, you can see diagonal lines within the pile. This was a fun structure to weave but it is time consuming. It is also challenging to get the rods in and pack the weft tight. I have been in velvet mills before and it is really something to see velvet being woven on industrial looms. I have a greater understanding and respect for velvet having woven my sample.