Friday, April 12, 2013

Samitum Samples

I wove a small sample blanket of the samitum swatches described here, and was not happy with them.

From top, the wefts showing on the face of the cloth in the color chips are white+black, white, red+black, red, red+orange, orange, and white+orange. From this angle, there is some difference between the different shades.

However, seen straight on, the differences disappear. Here are closeups of the two red values and the white+orange and orange swatches.

The two reds are too similar in value, and the white completely overwhelms the orange. I know, I know, I should have cut the swatch off the loom and wet-finished and pressed it, but I'm getting low on available warp length so I didn't want to waste any.

Anyway, I wasn't really happy with the palette those yarns gave me, and went back to the design file and filled it with 3-weft shaded satins. The three weft colors are rust, white, and black:

Here's a closeup showing the ripple pattern on the water. It doesn't look like flat cloth, does it?


Laura Fry said...

Sometimes you just have to go with your gut instinct. :)

Alice said...

Don't give up on the samitum! You might change your mind when the swatches are off the loom and subtle differences become apparent. But your satin palettes are really nice too, so you have the best of both worlds. Such fun to watch your experiments. Love the ripples.