Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Weft Skeins Are Dyed

By now all the weft skeins are dyed. I'm very happy with the way the colors came out, and am looking forward to seeing them interact with the warp colors!

That won't happen for a couple of days, because the task of threading is only about half done, and probably won't be finished until tomorrow. Then I'll lash it onto the apron, increase the tension to almost what it will be while weaving, and let the warp sit overnight. The next day I'll do another pass at balancing the tension among the lashed bouts, crank it up to full weaving tension, and weave an inch or so to double-check the threading.

I had a major battle with my old 1.2-megapixel digital camera trying to get the colors true to life in the image above. The camera is an oldie, and not very good with the red-to-blue range. It kept telling me that the two right-most skeins were the same hue, and I kept disagreeing. So DH took a couple of shots with the new 10-megapixel Canon camera - wow! what a difference! It has a much better color sensor, and I didn't even have to Photoshop the image to get the colors right. I think the oldie is gonna get put out to pasture, and I'll graduate to the 3-megapixel camera that DH outgrew.

Next post when the weaving starts...


karren said...

Sandra, I am enjoying your blog. My first love is weaving and it feels like I'm back at it when I read your blog; hanging things off the back of the loom! Also my appreciation for your structure-color interaction to achieve a complex abstract pattern is enhanced by looking at your scarf that I have.

Peg in South Carolina said...

I never thought of ratcheting up the tension and leaving it overnight. This will be difficult for me since, by the time I get to that point, I really want to get into the weaving (grin!).
I love your blog; very inspiring. Especially nice to see someone weaving with fine silk.