First, the grand news: I AM ACTUALLY WEAVING!!! I have finished debugging both warp and loom and have started weaving the samples for Everett’s stole. Hooray!! Six months of threading and debugging are over, and I can finally weave on my beloved loom.
Here are the samples I’ve woven so far. Not that impressive looking, but still quite informative:
This set of samples is testing out different combinations of warp and weft. There are four weft (crosswise) yarns being used: gold, orange, pink, and green. In the top set of samples (above the yellow line) I am experimenting not only with each individual color but also combinations of the colors; if you click through to the larger image, you’ll find that the row above the bright orange is a mix of bright orange and green, and the salmon-y shades in the same row are mixes of orange and pink.
I’m going to do a LOT of these samples. You’re seeing 24 samples (eight per row times three rows); I will probably make 100-200 of them. Then I’ll photograph all the samples and average out the color of each sample in Photoshop to a single color. After I have a large enough palette, I’ll reduce the image to just the set of sample colors, and use that image to generate the file for the loom.
Tedious and time-consuming, but well worth it in the end.
And…I AM WEAVING!! For the first time in six months. What a joy, and what a relief!