I played around some more this morning. The problem in yesterday’s work was that the threading “lines” were too similar in length and slope; I made some adjustments, did some simulations, and arrived at a combination that I like:
Here the lines, while still parallel, have enough variation to still be interesting.
Curiously, my white/cream combination did not come out well in Photoshop:
And here is a darker brown background:
In the cream background, the wavy effect gets lost, and in the high-contrast background, it dominates. A light brown seems to be just about right.
Of course, that’s a Photoshop simulation, not actual fabric. I still plan to weave up a white weft, to see if the effect is different “in real life”.
Equally “of course”, I don’t have a pale brown weft. So I will take some of the white weft and try dyeing it in different intensities of brown. I might have a previously dyed sample of Cibacron F in brown, or I might have to mix my own. Either way, it’s time to mix up some stock solutions and start messing around.
Have I mentioned how complex this project is? It’s going to involve at least eight or nine techniques by the time I’m done, many of which are new to me. It’ll be a miracle if I get it all done by next spring.
But, needless to say, I’ll have a lot of fun along the way!