“Mystery Weave”: Exploring New Ways


Last summer, our TWIST journal brought us a refreshing surprise: a “Mystery Weave.” Anne-Laure Janssen, our new Editor, introduced this feature to provide fun and suspense to the readers, but also to promote creativity. The quiz included a series of steps intended to guide expert weavers of all levels.

Only one point caused some dilemma: what would happen if I modified the proposed turning sequence of the cards? Should I take a risk and dare?

First, I noticed subtle diagonals in the threading plan. On the other hand, I needed an alternative to such hectic changes of rotation along single wefts. This turning-mania might cause serious delays in getting to the results! Suddenly it became the alibi that pushed all my cards to rotate at their own pace: four turns forward, four turns backward, including the selvage cards.

The result was quick to come: graceful waves showed up with a three-fold border rarely seen before. To add zest to this project, I had placed different yarn hues to get a brighter effect.

Miraculously, the newly born band also showed a reversed color double-face result that caused euphoria.

Meanwhile, my conscience resented such a trick when a suspected serious project is purposely turned into a simplistic one. Curiosity made me start ‘quizzing’ all over again, and once more the doubleface effect showed up causing great satisfaction.

Apparently, personal concentration failed at a certain point and I discovered a subtle mistake along the way: two wefts had been inadvertently inserted in a single shed. To unravel was out of the question, yet a simple solution came up for perfectionists only. When the band was ready, I cut it in the center of the mistake: one weft of the pair remained loyal to the original part of the band, and the spare one (the former mistake) switched to a separate twin project.

This way, none of the separate bands showed any mistake!

Finally, a single project gave birth to three separate creations based on the same “Mystery Weave.” A better performance anyone?

Bands woven by Aviva Peres

From left to right:
“Tempting Trial” close-up, width 1 1/4 ” – 3 cm,
“Lavender Sachet”: a ‘keep safe’ in a lady’s purse, length 6″ – 13 cm width 2 1/4″ – 5.5 cm,
“Purple Dream”: a miniature wall decoration, length 9 1/2″ – 24 cm total width 4″ – 9.5 cm

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