[Handwoven Textiles of Sandra Rude]
[Woodturnings of Mike Rude]


Multilayer Cloth

Since 1999, I have been developing and refining a technique for weaving very fine wool into multiple spaced, interlaced layers to create scarves and shawls. The interlacement of the layers both creates the overall graphic design of the cloth and ties the layers together.

The layers of cloth speak of the many dualities of life: a veneer of maturity disguising the inner child; a cloak of structure enveloping a core of anarchy; calamity masquerading as calm. The whole embraces all of its disparate components, because it cannot meaningfully exist without them.


When weaving with two layers, the architectural nature of the design is most evident. The effect is like painting with very large pixels. Here, the layers intersect in diagonal lines. The cinnamon layer drops behind the nutmeg layer block by block, then rises up to the front.


In this handwoven three-layer merino wool scarf, the interlacement of the layers permits me to place vertical lines on one side of the cloth, while horizontal lines appear on the other side.



Combining two layers of shrinkable grey merino and one layer of unshrinkable white mohair causes the layers to behave differently after finishing. The mohair layer bends and twists to accommodate its now-smaller neighbors.


The weave of this three-layer scarf is so sheer that although the scarf measures 10.5 by 72 inches, it weighs less than 2.5 ounces.



Featherweight wool yarns and an open weave make this scarf literally a breeze to wear. At 11 by 72 inches, it weighs just 2.5 ounces.



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