Kelly Wove It

Handwoven fiber art with a modern twist

© 2019 by Kelly Walsh

Ondulé

Undulations within cloth

Ondulé weaving is a unique technique that creates undulations within the threads of the cloth. This breaks the universal rule of parallel warp threads to create areas of density and light.

Spring Rain (Windows #1)

This is the first in a series of works all themed around “windows.” Each work focuses on the ideas of transparency and light. Through ondulé weaving, the warp threads are crammed into tight dense areas, or spread to create diaphanous transparent areas.

Windows are something you look through, and reveal what is hidden behind a wall. But windows are also something that obstruct and alter and frame your view. Raindrops that drip down a window pane leave a trail. Supplemental warp threads are trimmed and left hanging on one side of the cloth to add an element of “natural” randomness as they curl and dangle.

This piece can be viewed from either the “front” or the “back,” but is best hung where it can be seen from both sides. Displaying it so that you can view the way light interacts through the piece is ideal.

(Exhibited at 311 Gallery in Raleigh NC October 2018)

Fiber: 100% Cotton

Technique: Ondulé tabby, painted warp, supplemental warp threads.
Dimensions: 30″ x 72″

Mountains & Mist Shawl

My first foray into ondulé weaving, inspired by the mountains of North Carolina in the summer. Ondulé uses a special fan reed to create “waves” in the cloth. Warp threads are successively forced into dense clusters and open spaces to break the usual parallel grid. Stripes in the warp exaggerate this undulation. Variegated yarn weaves in the spring green of new shoots with the rich green of summer leaves and the blue mist of sky and fog. Mountains on a summer morning.

Fiber: Silk alpaca blend
Technique: Ondulé tabby