Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Value

Thanks to Holly's suggestion, I went downstairs bright and early this morning. I had woven about two-thirds of a scarf, so I swapped/switched  the 12 dark orange warp ends with the lighter ones for two and a half repeats, (three large squares and two slivers,) and then returned to the dark oranges.   And I think it will look "interesting"; I hope.
This is the view I have as I weave, and picking out the next color combination as I weave is always great fun. (Please excuse the gaping box, the cloth over the warping mill, etc., etc., etc.) What I can't get over is the different appearance of the top two samples. 
These two.  Obviously it is on the same warp, and the blue is the same yarn, so the very different appearance comes from the different values of the fourth, green, wefts.  And these yarns aren't so drastically different, either.  See?
I have a very hard time telling values, so I took three variations of the above photo, moving the lighter ball slightly to the right each time, and then turned them into black-and-whites. 
I think the darker yarns is around 9 on this scale, and the lighter about 5? (I had my money on the lighter being 3!)   To me, the difference in the overall appearance of the cloth seem so much more; the bottom sample looks more complex and richer.

I wove my second piece in that combination. 

2 comments:

  1. What a neat idea to use the black & white photos. I should do something scientific like that too...

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  2. We were taught in both the color and design classes by the guild to make B/W copies of color photos/drawings/textiles to study values. That's what we can do at home with the digital technology now, BUT, Cally, I found out this can be a little iffy depending on the exposure/light in the photos. Or maybe it's just me; I can tell the difference between, say, 2 and 8, but the levels in between, it's still a hit or miss affair for me.

    If you find a more sure fire way to do this, do share?

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