Sixteens Sample Exchange

The Sixteens is a sample exchange group of weavers all across the United States and also in Canada and a few other countries over its history. 

Each year the leader assigns a topic and we all produce a fabric to the specification. Then we cut generous samples and with the pattern draft and comments on the joys and trials of production, send them out to other members.

Marian Hoskinson formed the group. By chance I sat next to her during a meal at a weavers' conference and she overheard me telling a friend that I had a sixteen harness loom on order. She handed me a paper explaining this new group that would solve a weaving challenge utilizing sixteen harnesses. I joined on the spot. 

I am the only member from the original group that is still active. Loom trouble and building a new studio meant I missed several years. I have appreciated that the assignments forced me to try new things. When I am confronted with the project I imagine the most typical approach and then try to come up with something very different. 

In the early years the group was kept to 30 members with a waiting list. As other sample opportunities became available through the Complex Weavers the numbers have dwindled to around 15 each year. 

I have wonderful notebooks from all of the years, with creative samples on a wide variety of multiharness weave structures. 

The following years lack documentation
Pique 1994: Network Drafting 1995: Stitched Doubleweave 1996: Taqueté 1999: O'Hara Technique 2001: Integrated Cell Weaves (see 2015)


2018 Diversified Plain Weave

2017 Echo

2016 Lampas

2015: Deflected Doubleweave - 2

2015: Deflected Doubleweave - 1

2014: Four Color Doubleweave

2013: Collapsed Weave (pleat, bump, & crimp)

2012: Doubleweave

2011: Corkscrew or Manifold

2010: Beiderwand

2009: Echo Weave

2008: Shadow Weave

2007: Crackle

2006: Turned Taqueté

2005: Piqué

2004: Turned Overshot

2003: Network Drafting

2002: Blended Drafts

2000: Bronson Lace

1998: 3 or 4 Tie Block Weaves  Structures

1997: Brocade

1993: Star & Diamond

1992: Damask

1991: Twill Variations

1990: Lampas

1988: Combined Weaves

1987: Lace Weaves

1986: Park Weaves

1985: Doubleweave

1984: Double Two-Tie

1983: Clothing Fabric

1982: Doubleweave

1981: Damask

1980: Biederwand

1979: Twill