Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Fat Lady Sang

Metaphorically, anyway. And not a moment too soon. Here's what was left of the warp when I stopped:

I couldn't have woven any farther - the problem isn't the body of the cloth, which uses shafts 1-20. The problem is the selvedges, which use 21-24. By the time I stopped weaving, those selvedge ends were *much* tighter than the rest of the cloth, and I had to tighten the tension on the shuttle to compensate, or find big lazy weft loops at the selvedges. And this is all the weft that was left:

Scarf #4 is now on its way to having its fringe twisted, along with its fellow members of the series. Then any needed mending, and of course, wet finishing and a hard press.

Here's what it looked like under the loom - love that vivid blue-violet weft!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Scarf #4

This is the last one in the series. The weft is a very dark blue-violet 100/2 silk.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Scarf #3 Under the Loom

Seems like every member of this series looks best from under the loom. With this lighting and camera angle, the apparent dimensionality of the design really shows up, as does the weft color.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scarf #3

This is the only angle at which I can persuade the camera to see what my eyes see; namely, a bright orange weft that outlines some portions of the design:

Otherwise, all the camera sees are the two warp colors:

Now you see it; now, you don't.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scarf #2 Again

This is another case of the right time of day, the right lighting, and the right camera angle:

Behold: purple weft showing up where it is supposed to appear.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Scarf #2

I suspect this is another case of not seeing the desired effect until the "other" side of the cloth is visible under the loom. The weft is a medium greyed purple, and from the side that is visible while weaving, the weft can only be seen as a faint purple haze in parts of the design. Perhaps by tomorrow the cloth will have advanced far enough...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Caught in the Act!

And on film! This is either a case of serendipitous lighting, or of "sidedness."

As the cloth winds onto the AVL's cloth storage beam, what you see is the other side, not the one you've been staring at while weaving (who is to say which is right or wrong?) But as luck would have it, in natural lighting late in the afternoon, I could see the difference between the dark rose warp and the pale rose weft. And a lot more of the "not flat" effect. Whoopee!

Tomorrow, I move on to the second scarf in the series. Stay tuned.