Friday, May 28, 2010

Warp Candidates

I don't have lovely soft oranges in this size, so I'll have to dilute it. It's been dark and rainy all day, not a good day to pick colors, but I've got to start some time!

15 candidates, but I think three or four will come out, perhaps more. Quite a difference from when I had to have a lie down after adding just a few colors in supplementary warp only 18 months ago. I think I can say I am making progress.

Luckily, I have far more choices of oranges in my 2/60, so planning the tabby colors has been the best part of this project so far.

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful colours, how exciting cones of yarn are to weaver, I'm looking forward to seeing where you go from here!

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  2. Do you get giddy looking at cones, too, Dorothy? I just get a little bit insane, even if I can tell right away that the yarn on the cones may be something I'll shy away from.

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  3. Wow, I'm just starting to weave. I own exactly two cones of rug warp -- red and yellow. I don't even know what to buy next, when I get a little extra money after spending a little bundle on the loom, bench, etc. How do you pick warp for a project? What did you start with? And can I just look at your warp photos and drool?

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  4. Sunny, we all look at each other's cones and warp photos and drool, so join the happy weavers. And give yourself maybe two or three trips to the real-life or Internet yarn shops and you'll be screaming out for more stash space. I know you know this, because I suspect you already have a healthy quilt material stash!

    How do I pick the warp for a project? At the start, I did two things - I familiarized myself with all the yarns I had (very easy when I only had a few cones of different navy blue yarns) - shrinkage, stretchiness on the loom, touch after it's been woven, washed and pressed, and the size. Then I looked around for a suitable project.

    The other thing is, I looked at anything and everything I liked around me, including what other weavers wove, and, ummm... picked and pulled until I could guess what they were. Of course most other weavers are more than happy to tell you what it is, and even where they got it from.

    Early on, I had such a limited choice of yarns and I don't have a weaving shop I can go to around me, so I studied why I liked something, and then tried to weave them in whatever yarns I had, in different scales and different texture, but a similar look.

    Does that help any???

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