Fibers in sliver and roving form for wall hangings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sharron Bailey Parker (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: Before fibers are mechanically spun into yarn, they are formed into a soft rope, or sliver, and then drawn into a thinner strand called roving. The purpose of this study was to explore ways that sliver and roving could be used in the creation of original wall hangings. Literature was searched for information about the use of sliver and roving, or unspun fibers in general, in wall hangings. Books and periodicals referred to a few craftsmen who had used unspun fibers; but these craftsmen had rarely employed the fibers as the primary material in a hanging. No literature could be found dealing specifically with the use of unspun fibers in wall hangings. In addition, visits to craft shows and weaving exhibits indicated that area craftsmen used little sliver and roving in their hangings. To discover ways that sliver and roving could be used more fully, fibers with different characteristics were obtained: cotton, flax, wool, yak hair, and polypropylene. Traditional techniques of weaving, knotting, braiding, and wrapping were tried, and some techniques developed to take advantage of particular qualities of the fibers. These explorations led to the creation of nine wall hangings from sliver and roving. A description of each hanging is given, including materials and techniques employed, and information obtained from working with the particular fibers. Color photographs illustrate the finished hangings, techniques developed, and textures achieved with sliver and roving.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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