I’m starting to prepare for my cross-dyeing experiments. Â This time I’m going to put on a 10″ wide warp in 10/2 cotton, and weave it off with Henry’s Attic Alpaca Lace as weft. Â The 10/2 cotton is 4200 ypp and the Alpaca Lace is only 4960 ypp, but as the alpaca will fluff up a bit, I’m hoping the difference won’t be too dramatic. Â And at only 24-30 epi, it ought to weave up super fast. Â I’m still debating how much to put on, but 21 yards sounds about right – enough for ten scarves that are 72″ long (including fringe), or for a couple of scarves and a LOT of samples. Â It may not be woven off by the start of the move, but 10/2 cotton is durable enough to move on the loom. Â (The AVL Workshop Dobby Loom is designed to allow disassembly/moving with the warp still on the loom. Â Go AVL!)
I’m going to thread up on a 24-shaft straight draw, which will allow me to simulate any number of shafts as long as the threading repeat divides neatly into 24. Â So I’m going to do some 4-shaft patterns (bird’s-eye twill, 2/2 twill, 1/3 twill), some 8-shaft patterns (crepe weaves, twill blocks), and some 24-shaft patterns (various fancy twills). Â I’ll probably also include plain weave. Â This will allow me to demonstrate concepts for a lot of different loom types, which is important for this particular article.
The concepts I’m trying to convey are fairly simple. Â Basically, you want to limit complex imagery to either weaving draft or the dye pattern: both at once produces muddled looks. Â Here are two images from this earlier blog postÂ that illustrate what I mean:
This is successful because it is a complex design with a simple background.
Contrast it with this:
Here the complex patterning in both weave structure and dye job collide, and you get visual mud.
And here is a simple pattern with a complex weave structure:
Anyway, those are the main concepts I want to illustrate, but I also want to do some more experimenting first. Â There are so many things to try!
Off to the house! Â I need to water the herb plants, which I didn’t get into the ground yesterday. Â I think I’ll try to do them tomorrow (I already have a commitment for tonight).