After thinking things through carefully, I think I’m going to try weaving taquetÃ© rather than lampas. (For more on taquetÃ© and designing taquetÃ©, see Lillian Whipple’s article in WeaveZine.) Lampas turns out to be a variant of doubleweave, and as such requires a doubleweave sett. The only way I can get a sett that close, given that I’ve already beamed on at 40 epi, is to wind additional warp chains and hang them off the back of the loom, which would be a real pain, so I’d rather not. And taquetÃ© enables me to use multiple wefts, which would allow me to play with optical color mixing (lots of little dots of color blending visually to give the appearance of a single shade). I really liked the color blending in Alice Schlein’s Double Twill seminar at Complex Weavers, and it occurs to me that taquetÃ© allows you to do the same kind of blending on fewer shafts.
This means that I will probably want a double two-tie threading, which is just as well since I’ve also wanted to play with Marg Coe’s techniques from her book Fit 2 Be Tied, which is all about the wonderful things you can do with Photoshop and a double two-tie threading. And can try all sorts of other cool stuff.
I had been thinking about making either bookmarks or Christmas cards from the fabric. Lillian Whipple does lovely handwoven Christmas cards, and I think it would be fun to do some to tuck in with this year’s chocolates, or else to include with Christmas gifts. I also have a guild challenge for which I need a striped fabric. Any of those would work with either straight draw or point threading…so, it is really up to me to decide. Also to decide what image I want to create!
Dyeing proceeds apace, dyed two more colors this morning and will do more over the weekend. I also need to dye more colors for the taquetÃ© wefts, as my color range is somewhat limited. The specific colors I need depend on what imagery I want to create, so I will be thinking of designs today.
If you could create a symmetrical image 20 pixels wide, what would it be?