I spent this morning playing with block doubleweave in Photoshop, with the following results:
So far I’ve only been playing with the looks of the top layer. I rather like the effect of the shaded twills. I’m going to play around some more and see whether it’s possible to add some more delicate shading in the transition areas of the second image by blending 2/2 and 1/3 (or 3/1) twills together, maybe 2 rows of 2/2 twill and 2 rows of 1/3 twill, alternating, or something like that.
So far I’m still finding it fairly laborious to piece the blocks together, but I think I’m gradually arriving at something I like. Next on the plate is to play a little with a network drafted liftplan (on an 8-end initial, to match with the blocks) to see whether this threading produces pleasing results. If not, I may switch to a different threading, so I can play with block doubleweave and network drafted doubleweave on the same warp.
It’s so amazing being able to control the interplay of colors, front and back – also incredibly complicated to visualize and design! It’s so much more complex than the stuff I’ve been doing, it’s absolutely fascinating.
Off to work!