Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Weaver is In

I got tired of being a weaver who thinks, writes and talks about weaving more often than she weaves, so I got on to it this morning: I started on the two Log Cabin warps I made back in March!  Below is a strange picture, though, because this piece is made up of two dark teals and two navies, but the bigger problem was, no matter which light I turned on/off, or from what angle I looked, I couldn't see the squares and the rectangles, until much later in the afternoon when the sunlight came in from low angle.  And then, I could sort of see the shapes; the vertical lines are easier, but the horizontal, I could just be imagining...

I love navy blues, from almost purples on one end to indigo on the other.  In Japan, and many other places I've visited like Hawaii and Tonga, the sea is navy blue of different values, almost black blue before a storm.  Around New Zealand, the sea is greener, more like dark blue teal in the winter, blue on very cold days; but in the summer it turns a very milky white teal.  I'm told it has to do with the number/amount of algae.   

I feel silly describing the teal-colored sea when the picture I've got is a sad-looking gray piece in progress.  The teal in the linked photo also looks desaturated.  I'm going to have to do something about this. 

4 comments:

  1. To bad the picture doesn't show the colours/pattern well but your discription of the colours is super.

    Happy weaving.

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  2. I have the same issues when photographing my work. The colors never pop in photos the way they actually do on the loom. But I love that you are thinking about the different colors of the sea.

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  3. Big hug for being back at the loom - enjoy it ;)

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  4. Mario, I always had problems with shiny yarns and sometimes with reds, but I don't know if teal presents a problem consistently. The colors certainly looked a lot better when I had all halogen lights, from memory, but the bulbs themselves presented problems (overheated). I switched to fluorescent and tried different kinds but nothing looks as good as halogen. I've wanted to try those halogen track lights instead but found out they are terribly expensive, but I'd still like to give them a go.

    Margery, psychically, in New Zealand, it's kind of hard to get away from the sea, I feel, and of course I can see it from the living room every day. In Japan, the first house I grew up in had a view of Yokohama harbor and the second house (where my parents still live) looked away form the sea, but you could smell most every day. That coastline, however, moved away about 10km in the years since, and became a semi industrial area, so no sea smell except right before a storm there. Pity.

    Dianne, you know it! It shouldn't be like this, but there it is.

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