Thursday, June 11, 2009

Looking Ahead

The draft and some of the yarns for the next warp (another Water Series) are in progress.

Here's part of the draft, showing the three interleaved design lines. Two of the design lines are parallel to one another, and the third is a different shape altogether. Each design line is threaded in a different color; the weaving software assumes that the warp colors are dark navy, medium teal, and light blue, with a light blue-violet weft. The tie-up contains wide bands of 3/1 and 1/3 twill.

If I put WeaveIt into View Detailed Fabric mode, this is what it shows:

Looks pretty waterish, right? Little waves, near shore, somewhere in the Caribbean or the Coral Sea, right?

The warp skeins are dyed, and drying on a rack on the balcony off the studio:

From left, a red-based navy, a teal/turquoise,and a light royal blue. All 60/2 silk, destined to be sett at about 80 epi. I sett the 2-color interleaved warps at 72 epi, but the 3-color ones need to be a little tighter or they tend to feel a little spongy. Not quite sleazy, just not firm enough.

Weft skeins, so far, are a really dark green-based navy, a dark-but-vivid blue-violet, and a mid-to-dark emerald green. Until they're dry, it's hard to judge value accurately! As soon as they're on the drying rack, I'll post some pictures.


charlotte said...

Those colors are gorgeous! I am really looking forward to see the textile, the wave pattern is very interesting.

neki desu said...

the Caribbean, Right!

Connie Rose said...

Wow, those are gorgeous, Sandra. Can't wait to see them woven up. I like how organic they appear, and random. Good work!

desiweaver said...

I love those colors! Blues are my favorite. I can't wait to see what they look like woven.

callybooker said...

That is the most watery looking water design I have ever seen! Bet it makes gorgeous cloth too...

BVertner said...

Thank you for sharing your exceptional weavings. I spent six hours today trying to 'interleave' an advancing twill design. Don't understand it so will keep trying tomorrow.