Friday, January 11, 2019

Number 4

The weft on this one is purple, enough paler than the warp that the resulting iridescence will be significantly less than number 3. There will be some, but not much.

I'm really enjoying the chance to experiment, though, and look forward to seeing the cloth after wet finishing and a good, hard press.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Next Up: Number 3

The weft on this piece is another 20/2 rayon. It's a blue yarn from the same batch of huge mill-end cones that I bought many years ago, and continue to find good uses for.

Before I decided on this weft color, I used my favorite method of judging value in two very different hues. Set your camera (whether smartphone or digital camera) in black-&-white mode, and photograph the two yarns adjacent to one another. In the resulting image, if the two greys are close in value, the colors of the yarns are close in value. Here's my example, with the area I looked at for comparison is circled in red.

In that area, the overhead lamp is not making the coned yarn so shiny that it looks paler than it really is.

My goal was a weft that, when combined with the red warp, would produce iridescence. I think I suceeded:

Wet finishing will enhance the effect.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Another Look at Number 2

Now that the cloth has reached the cloth beam, under the loom, the lighting is better to see the pattern.

 The areas of lace-like areas form swooping curves down the cloth; click the image to enlarge.

And here is my wish for all of you: a happy, healthy New Year full of weaving and fiber fun!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Number 2 on the Red Warp

The second piece is woven with the dark red weft. The value difference between the weft and the (only slightly) paler warp is so small that while I'm weaving, it's difficult to see the pattern. It's another variation on the multishaft crackle design.

The little point-and-shoot camera that I use to take blog images has a hard time with red in general, and saturated, solid red is almost impossible to capture accurately. So, holler if you can see the design, otherwise wait until the cloth comes off the loom and is wet-finished. At that point, I hope it will be more visible!

Not much weaving will happen over the next few days, so in the meantime, have a holiday filled with friends and family, peace and joy.

Monday, December 17, 2018

That Red Warp

Here's a closeup of the first piece on that red warp. The weft is the bright fuschia, and my belief is that after wet finishing, it's gonna be a stunner. I like multishaft crackle, because of the "microlace" effect. This threading was created using the "block substitution" tool on an advancing twill original.

Because there are max 3-end floats (either warp- or weft-direction) on a plainweave ground, the cloth can be extremely iridescent, with bright spots created by the floats. Especially with a lustrous rayon yarn in both directions.

This one will be a cowl. Can't wait to see how the other colors that emerged from the dyepots will look!

Thursday, December 06, 2018


The red skein did indeed have a few dye sites left available, and is now a deep berry red. I'll be happier with it this hue.

The warp is threaded, and I've begun sleying the reed. Then it'll be time to wind the wefts onto cones and start weaving!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

The Dyepots Have Been Busy

I'm trying to queue up a series of projects. First up is based on a cardinal red warp of commercially-dyed 20/2 rayon, destined to be woven in multishaft crackle using a group of hand-dyed analogous wefts.

The weft skein across the top of the second photo is still the same hue as the warp, but will soon be overdyed in a deep purple. That is, if it still has any available dye sites left. It's pretty saturated already, but at least I can nudge it a bit darker. The other weft hanks were all overdyed from a cone of the same rayon that arrived here in light bubblegum pink, and has been converted to various darker colors during it's stay in my studio.

The red warp has enough yardage for 3 scarf-length pieces, and 3 shorter pieces (either cowls or table runners).

The project following that will be a series of 10 towels using an interleaved threading on 20/2 unmercerized cotton. The additional warp density should make the towels a little more absorbent.

From left, Warp B, Warp A, 2 blue wefts and 2 green wefts. The rightmost weft didn't come out of the pot dark enough, so it is destined for another dye process.