Here’s what’s just off Agnes Hauptli’s loom…

Here's what's just off Agnes Hauptli's loom...

In this issue of our “What’s on Your Loom”, we feature the works of New Zealand-based fiber artist Agnes Hauptli. Agnes is a self-taught weaver and likes to bring forth complex patterns and beautiful iridescence in her weaving. She tells us about her the woven pieces that are fresh out of her TC2 🙂 

Currently my focus is on painted warps using weave structures that show more of the warp. These pieces are destined to be wearables, that means I don’t want any long floats. In the past I created only art pieces using 6 to 8 weft-backed satins as my weave structure. In those the warp gets almost totally covered up by the weft combinations with which one can create an abundance of colour combinations like in the image below:

But now, a more balanced cloth is what am looking for so the beauty of a painted warp can be retained and the weave structures provide a good balance between grip and slip, an important aspect when weaving baby wraps.

The first image shows a 4/1 and 1 /4 satin as my weave structure and the second piece I was playing around with granite weaves which are also very effective. The following image shows a combination of 1/3 twill with different granite weaves for the pattern lines and a broken 2/2 broken twill for the background.

But I do like the idea of the shaded satins but now am combining them with a textured weave which gives me a pattern that is combined with a shaded satin. As you can see, am having great fun playing with these!


And that’s Agnes in her own words: “What started in 1992 as a self taught winter evening hobby has taken over my life! I love working with colour, I love designing patterns, I love complexity in my work. Having gone through many looms in those years, I now have 4 looms that I pretty much constantly have work on, an 8-shaft Glimakra copy made of beautiful New Zealand Kauri wood, a 32-shaft Megado compy dobby, a TC1 with 8 modules (2 wide and 4 deep) and recently a TC2 joined in, with 9 modules (3 wide x 3 deep). Love them all!”