Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Broken Warp and All

This is for Bonnie.

Threading is half of MWs - may I call it VAs?? Tie-up is a 3-1-1-3-1-1-1-1-3-1 twill. Treadling is 4-step (very shaky on the terminology this post...) advancing twill, 76 picks then mirror-reversed. It's all over diamond, with the center slightly squished. The photo was taken under less-than-ideal lights, so it looks as if the pattern is bleeding, but trust me, it is a rather predictable twill diamond job.

I used 4 reds in the warp to create 6 different areas - AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, and DD, - changing colors at regular intervals. One weft yarn.

It was a rushed order for a mini exhibit for Arts Marketing; I was contacted last Tuesday, and I must deliver two pieces at noon Thursday. The first piece is a straight forward treadling (no reversing) in a slightly different 3-1-3-1-1-1-1-1-1-3 twill.

Though they have different tie-ups, mirror-reversed treadling in once case, use different yarns and sett, these are only minor modifications of Big Ribbon. The warp color changes, yes. The weave structure looks slightly interesting, but I'm so very ho-hum about these two. I believe we've all see this type of pieces before, quite a few times. So this project feels very much "been there, done that" even as I work on it.

When and where I change colors, I'd like to have a reason. I'd like the change of color to be built into the structure, or vice versa, so the structure needs the colors to change, and the color change enhances the structure. As if one cannot exist without the other.

That's as far as I got on this thought, and I'd have to study structures and about structures some more to realize this. I also had some interesting experiences in modifying the Big Ribbon draft here, so I'll come back to it after I've delivered these two.

The one you see on the loom is the sample in the middle; the first piece not seen used the portion on the left, which I like better.

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