Thursday, March 6, 2014

Purple

The last of the lot must have purple wefts, right? After all, this is my blog. The weft is the skinny Japanese cashmere silk, the same as "mine".

I whipped up this draft using something like 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-4-1-3 twill, and was surprised how much it looks like my pillars. While the first two drafts/three pieces had treadling that mirrored, (like 1-2-3-2-1 but fussier,) this one goes in one direction only, but because the threading mirrors, you see the two directions.

When I do big twills, I like to have as few plain weave areas as possible, so I usually use something like 1-1-2-1-5-6 and then edit the draft pick by pick to reconcile the long floats; I aim to contrast big warp areas vs weft areas. In this, though, there are more than usual of the plain weave areas, creating three varieties of lines/shapes. This is handy to remember.

I don't know if there is a fundamental shift taking place, or if I really like weaving these twills, or if I'm on the upward swing of my mood swings, but I've noticed I actually like what I've been making of late. There are problems and I'm in no way blind to them, (goodness knows, nooooooooooo,) but on the whole I like what I make. This is a paradigm shift for Unravelling and I don't know how to... frame this change? I don't know why this is nor how to understand this change? But I'm not worried and I'm not sitting arund thinking about it.

I'm weaving, man!!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks, Connie, but shock horror, it may not be long enough to become a proper merchandise piece!

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  2. Which brings up a very important question...how much of our weaving do we keep just to please ourselves? This looks like a keeper!

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  3. Oh, never. This is going. At least I sure hope it does.

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