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Triaxial Weave

Information by Elizabeth Lang Harris

Tumbling Blocks Form

The first two hex weaves are identical (Figure 1), which makes it easy to complete the image. Superimpose one over the other, positioning them so that the red-yellow-blue triangles of the lower layer are visible through the frames of the top hex.

Figure 1: The First and Second Layers of the Tumbling Block Form

Figure 2: First Two Layers Superimposed

You will notice that each color runs in only one direction. Superimposing the two hex weaves results in .gaps. in each side that show us where to position the missing strips for each color. The mechanics for adding the third hex weave (the lashers) is the same as for the spot form above.

Mark several of the framed triangles so that you do not lose your bearing. 

Figure 3 shows the completed tumbling blocks pattern.

Figure 3: Completed Tumbling Blocks Pattern


Star Form

Make two identical hex weaves using two or three colors as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: First Two Hex Weaves for the Star Form

Rotate one of the hex weaves and superimpose it over the other one. The blue strips are weaving around and framing the yellow stars (Figure 2). Figure 3 shows the completed mad weave.



Figure 2: Superimposed Hex WeavesFigure 3: Completed Star Form.

The three forms of hex, tumbling blocks, and star.all look quite different, but they are all woven the same way. The patterns are all color-and-weave effects.