Spent another hour and a half this morning playing with snowflake satins:
I’m still working with simple patterns – the first of the snowflakes (the x’s in the middle left) is a 4/1 diagonal satin line plaited with a 3/2 diagonal satin in the other direction, against a 1/4 satin background. This is much less complicated than it sounds. The second snowflake is just a simple 4/1 satin line drawn against a 1/4 satin ground. But, simple as it is, it’s starting to give me a feel for the design line and how to create one. Must start simple and work up from there.
The .wif, if anyone is interested, is here.
There are some extra-long floats in this baby because it is not entirely on the network – there are four reversal points at which it has eight thread floats because that’s what happens when you reverse satin. I haven’t bothered correcting them yet since it’s only messing around to see what happens, but if I wind up weaving it, of course I will go in and change that.
I would like to progress rapidly to a pattern (threading at least) that I can use with the painted warp to produce yardage I can use for the AIDS Ride – so this may be a simpler project than I would otherwise do. Something in me also suggests that having too “busy” a pattern may also be counterproductive, as the complexity of the pattern might clash with the complexity of the warp colors. Simple may be better.
Only one way to find out, though: weave samples!