I got up this morning and took some photos of the shawl. I have mixed feelings about it.
Close up, the colors are gorgeous. But when you stand back five feet it looks like a series of stripes, and almost like a plaid in the places where I got the warp wrong and there are visible stripes in the warp. There is a strong value contrast between the yellow and the red, which makes the yellow stand out more, and there are uneven spots where you can see a clear distinction between two of the yellows. The pattern does not stand out in most of the areas. So there are definitely flaws in the piece, though the overall idea is sound.
I think I’m going to weave another piece with the same colors, only this time:
- Make each of the diamonds a single color, so the pattern shows up clearly. Or do a gradual fade across the diamond, keeping more or less the same value.
- Be more careful to get gradual color transitions.
- Tone down the yellow and only go to gold, instead of fading to the lemon yellow.
This piece is pretty, but I think it could be more! Advice on what might look nice would be welcome, I haven’t played with color theory much. I think perhaps some more Photoshop simulations are in order before I do the next round…