I wove fairly obsessively yesterday, and got through three of four-and-a-half pirns. Â 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! Â There is some subtle striation that adds “texture” to the colors – like the horizontal stripes in sandstone. Â 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). Â 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. Â To get the smooth color gradations in Liquid Fire (the orange piece above), I had to dye twenty shades of red/orange/yellow. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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 HandwovenÂ 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!