Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Yesterday, the dye pots were busy, making the colors I will need for the next jacquard piece on the agenda.
Here's the design file. The fuschia border is a place-holder for a weave that will combine two of the weft colors in equal amounts (probably purple and royal), so you can ignore that. The color chips across the bottom of the image represent the weaves I will actually use for the body of the weaving. There are three weft colors, which will appear in the cloth in varying intensities. The color chip strip will be trimmed off the design file before weaving begins - it is only there to make it easier to isolate each hue on its own layer before assigning weaves to the layers.
Here are the newly dyed yarns - a turquoise-ish light blue, a royal blue, and a purple:
All are Bambu 12, from Silk City via Cotton Clouds (the retailer I buy from - I don't buy sufficient quantity to open a wholesale account directly with Silk City).
This piece represents my Annual Project for Designing Weavers, which is due to be presented to the other members at the April meeting, so I'd best get cracking!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
These were spotted in our hotel in Bangkok on our way homeward. The one with the diamond grid has three yarn colors, the others only two (although the checkered one has a multicolored warp and one weft).
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sorry for the long hiatus! We've been on the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar, and there hasn't been much Internet access. Here in Bagan the signal is so weak I don't even want to try uploading any photos to Blogger. When we're back on the net, I will try to post a few pics.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Jim Thompson, even more than Queen Sirikit, was responsible for bringing Thai weaving to the world's attention, back in the 1950s and 1960s. Then, in 1967, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. All sorts of rumors floated around, but nothing conclusive ever turned up, much less Mr. Thompson himself. Today, his home in Bangkok is a museum and an art center.
In the courtyard, demonstrations of the peaceful sort: the young man was reeling silk, and the charming girls were skeining silk and making floral decorations for the house shrine.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I hope Spring finds you soon!