I wove fairly obsessively yesterday, and got through three of four-and-a-half pirns. I’m at the three-foot mark, so I’m actually a bit over half done.
Here is a pic of the woven sample:
It’s looking good! There is some subtle striation that adds “texture” to the colors – like the horizontal stripes in sandstone. Not as much striation as I would like, though, so maybe I’ll try for blobbier blobs next time.
Here is a pic of one of the previous blanks that shows the effect I’m after:
This is one of the reasons I’m using a knitted blank (to answer Ruth’s question). If I were weaving with gradually changing stripes, I’d get something more like this:
Also pretty, but not the effect I’m after right now.
The other reason to use a knitted blank is that I do want a smooth progression of color, and my experience has been that stripes produce highly visible horizontal lines unless the colors are VERY close to each other. To get the smooth color gradations in Liquid Fire (the orange piece above), I had to dye twenty shades of red/orange/yellow. With five colors in this piece (gold, orange, red, purple, brown), that would be 100 skeins, which would be more effort than a knitted blank. Swapping out the weft yarns won’t work well because I’m already using a yarn at 15,000 yards per pound – the most I could do would be two strands of 120/2 silk, which would be a pain to wind into skeins, dye, and rewind onto cones. It also wouldn’t let me do the cross-dyed effects I want to introduce later – for that I need wool or cotton, or any natural fiber that isn’t silk!
So I am pretty much stuck with knitted blanks. Hopefully, doubling the length of the row should also halve the time to knit and unravel.
Plans for this weekend include:
- Finish weaving the sample for my Handwoven article
- Weave the knitted blank and test out various cross-dyed color patterns in fiber-reactive dyes
- Go to a class on glasswork on Sunday (it sounded interesting, so what the heck)
- Clean up the studio – major undertaking, probably also a purging of stuff, as I’m running out of “away” to put!
- Start sewing up a new round of muslins, since I’m going to see Sharon next weekend!