Triaxial Weaving Canvas (with Bias)




About: Faitmain-Faitcoeur : Handmade-Heartmade / Done with my hands from the bottom of my heart!

Classical weaving is made on two axes (vertical and horizontal).
Triaxial weaving is made on three axes (vertical and two diagonals).

Step 1:

Fournitures :
- a 46 cm x 33 cm canvas,
- 29 meters of bias (19 colors !),
- a stapler.

I would have loved to make it with satin ribbon, but it’s three times more expensive…

Step 2:

First move : vertical lines.
I stapled them behind the canvas.

Step 3:

Second move : left diagonal lines.

Step 4:

Last move : right diagonal lines.

Step 5: Pattern : First & Second Move

First move : all the bias are vertical side by side with just enough space for weaving.

Second move (starting left upper corner - repeating * to *)
(over 1) *under 1 - over 5*
(over 2) * under 4 - over 2*
(over 3) *under 1 - over 5*
(under 2) * over 2 - under 4*
*over 5 - under 1*
*under 4 - over 2* .......

My method (you will have fun reading it with my bad english...)
(*under 1 - over 5*)
2 over (under the gap shifting one column on the left) - 4 under
5 over (under the 2 over, shifting two columns on the left) - 1 under

It's a repeating design, soon you won't have to look at the pattern.

Step 6: Pattern : Last Move

Starting at the top of a "5 over" :
*2 over - 2 under - 1 over - 1 under*

Step 7:

(¤) Under the "2 over" :
*1 over - 5 under*

Step 8:

Under the "1 over" shifting 2 columns on the right :
*1 over - 1 under - 2 over - 2 under*

Step 9:

Then restart at (¤) and go on until your canvas is finished.

You can use the last pic to make your own colored pattern.

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33 Discussions


4 years ago on Introduction

You are a star. On behalf of all who were gob-smacked by your great Instructable. Thank's so much for completing the pattern for us, now all I have to do is do it. Off to find enough ribbon/braid. Brilliant.

I have seen quilts with this pattern. Actual quilt is much harder to do because of all the cutting and sewing. I bet you could do this with quilt binding to make a quilt top.

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4 years ago on Introduction

This looks fun and relatively easy to make! Thanks for posting. The end result is very cool and bind-bending. I love optical illusion art.

How do you choose the colors to layout where? Is there a method you use to choose the colors?

Request: a photo of what would fit between step 3 and step 4 that shows the finishing step in the making. A sped-up video would just do nicely. In step 5 add a diagram of the finishing step.

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I choose my colors in front of the store display ;-)
Dark colors for the vertical lines, and gradient colors for up/left and down/right corners.
I made a scale drawing before buying the bias (to know how long I need for each color).

Yes, the last step pattern is under construction... (there won't be a video, sorry).

And now all I have to do is wait until after Christmas when all the ribbon goes on sale. This is amazing and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this!

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4 years ago on Introduction

Love the look and appreciate the work but it is too brief to explain the actual positioning of the ribbon. Because it is an optical illusion, seeing the positions is quite difficult. More steps required. Thank's.