Monday, July 21, 2014

On the Jacquard Loom

Today's jacquard piece is based (with her permission) on a painting by Connie Rose. As soon as I saw it on her blog, I knew I wanted to interpret in cloth.

Here's the my version of the original painting, indexed in Photoshop to 12 colors (several values of each of 3 hues):

And here it is on the loom. The wefts are red-violet, gold-ochre, and pale silver-grey. The gold-ochre isn't orange enough, but the dyepot simply refused to cooperate, so I'm using what I got from the dye gods.

The white line in the original doesn't stand out enough, and I'm thinking about couching a thick white thread on the surface of the finished weaving. I'll decide once the piece is woven, cut off the loom, and wet finished.

As you can see from the pins in the cloth, I'm having some trouble with a couple of hooks on module 4 (about 1/4 the way in from the left side).

DH says it's a solenoid that needs to be replaced, and he can't get at it without removing the module from the loom altogether. So tomorrow will be an interesting day. First, the 120 tiny clips that connect the heddles to the hooks need to be undone, and a thin metal rod run through the holes at the top of the heddles, to keep them in proper order. Then the module can be removed from the loom and the solenoid replaced, and finally the whole process has to be done in reverse order to get the loom's guts back in place. I'll try to take a few pictures of the process to post later.


Laura Fry said...

When the technology works it's great. When it doesn't... :(

whose AVL seems to be more or less happy at the minute (fingers crossed!)

neki desu said...

♥♥ this one. totally biased towards the abstracts

Connie Rose said...

Wow! I painted that?? Looks mighty great woven. Hugs.