I have been playing around with network drafting, which is a bloody powerful design method that can create curves in weaving designs. It’s wonderful! I can make circles, wavy lines, and all sorts of cool stuff with just a few clicks of the mouse. I’m currently experimenting with different curves and different weave patterns (twills, satins, etc.) to see what happens when I…(insert lots of variations here). I’ve also, after much struggling, figured out how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to create the design patterns I’m after. I feel like a kid opening presents at Christmas! I can’t wait to get these designs ready and on the loom. Fun and fun and fun and fun!
Meanwhile, I have been stymied by my orange tiger eye shawl once again. I FINALLY found the perfect beads to complement the tiger striped beads – oval hematite beads – and started sewing them on. Then I discovered….they’re magnetic. Strongly magnetic. The beads in my fringe stick together!
Well, obviously this won’t do. So, since I was visiting my dad, who is an electronics wizard, I convinced him to cobble up a demagnetizer for me. But unfortunately the magnetic field was way too strong, so the hematite remains magnetized. So I can’t use these beads.
So, next step is a trip to my mom, who makes the most gorgeous compound beads (beads made out of other beads), in hopes that she can help me figure out what beads will go well with the tiger eye shawl. I am hoping to get it set up with those tiger striped beads, someday. The shawl is lovely, the beads are lovely, and I’m certain they would go great together. If only those beads weren’t magnetic…