Kimberly and I were in an amazing workshop with Ann Field the last couple of days. It was so cool! We had the looms prewarped so we were ready to start weaving right away. Collapse weave is so neat because when you cut your weaving off the loom and put it in warm water, it transforms into this amazing cloth. So fun!
And this is what it looks like after it's cut off the loom and swished into warm soapy water.
Words cannot describe the texture or illusive transparency that can be acquired with this technique. The long and the short of it is that the loom is warped with alternating sizes of wool across the warp. Both yarns are 100% wool but one is so fine that it looks like thread and the other looks to be about lace weight wool. They are put into the reed differently. The larger wool is put into the reed 2 per dent and the finer one is put into the reed as 1,1,2. The rest is standard warping. The rest of the magic is accomplished in the weft with really fine lycra and alternating bands of other kinds of larger yarns with and without lycra in them.