Thursday, March 8, 2012

Off the Loom

Well, it's off the loom, and currently resting under the couch.
Because selecting the weft colors was such a big part while I wove, I was surprised to see such bold vertical stripes when I put it on the floor.
There are a lot of bits I like, sometimes the pattern, sometimes the color combination. There are a few weaving mistakes, which I decided to leave in this piece, partly to admonish my being so terribly nervous/intimidated by the faceless Guild selectors and their "technical criteria", but more my subsequent inability to enjoy anything to do with the Guild organization.
I do one have specific problem. One of the drafts I modified after the halfway point either had big float problems, or perhaps the tension was loose in some areas of the cloth that the shuttle went under the warps, and I have big floats across the width in two rows, separated by one OK row. If only one row was problematic, I would have simply pulled it out, but with two rows, I would need to do some mending.

Boo hoo.

I'm relieved I'm finished. But as usual, I'm wearing that same old stony expression and feel exasperated. I can't wait to move on to the next piece. Or at least to wash and press this and see how it'll turn out.

3 comments:

  1. And these floats appear on the reverse side of the "Big Mistake" from yesterday. Hummmmmm....

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  2. My first thought seeing the long length of the loom was not of the bright colours, but the light and dark contrasts in the warp, with subtle shading from the different weft yarns - I didn't see this before!

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  3. There is plenty of contrast, and some subtle, which I hope will come out after washing and pressing, Dot. The weight seems good, so hopefully the drape, too. I'm not sure about the lozenges in the wash, but we'll find out soon enough.

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