I’m still digging out from under my backlog (would you believe, over 500 unread emails?), but I stole some time today and created a turned Summer and Winter draft for the phoenixes on 24 shafts:
And here is the “fabric” (warning: the full-size image is about 2 MB):
And here are some color simulations:
I like all three of these, for different reasons. The phoenixes stand out most clearly with a solid background, but with the gradient, it really looks like they are flying into pure light. The mottled background gives the idea of a bird flying through fire (though I would tone down the background contrast a bit, making the yellow parts darker and more orangey). It is harder to make out the phoenixes with the mottled background, though.
I will probably try all three color patterns (and come up with a few more) when I paint the warp. I may also tinker with the phoenix design some more.
Currently the phoenixes are about 168 threads wide by 240 picks long. That sounds enormous, but at 90 ends per inch, each phoenix is only about two inches by three inches, a manageable size. I’m not sure what the aspect ratio will be, though, so I will likely have to tinker with the profile draft and pattern.
Next step is to start winding the warp, I think. I’m going to make it 13″ across, which will give me just about 7 repeats of the pattern – 1170 threads. I’m not sure how long I’m going to make it yet, but 7 yards seems eminently reasonable – that’s only two ounces of 140/2 silk for the ties and four ounces of 60/2 silk for the pattern warp! So if I decide to cut it off, I won’t lose much. And 7 yards at 60-90 picks per inch is a pretty long warp.
Enough playing around! Back to work. I’m hoping to catch up on my emails today.