I have been messing around in the tie-up a bit, seeing what happens when I tweak things.
The first thing I did was change the direction of the twill line, to rose fashion, which of course produced a profound change in the “look”. Here is star fashion:
And here is rose fashion:
Then I converted the tie-up to a 1/3/1/3/1/3/ 3/1/3/1/3/1 twill to produce the boldest possible lines:
Whew! Makes me think of a zebra.
To soften the lines, I added some 2/2 on either side of the 1/3 and 3/1 sections:
Notice how dramatically the lines soften with a bit of shading?
Finally, I changed it from a balanced tie-up to one with more warp on the front face:
And I finally settled on this one, which is ever so slightly weft-dominant:
And the reverse side:
I think I will use this for my next shawl, which will be the red-to-orange-to-gold changing-color weft. Having a slightly weft-dominant side will make for lifting slightly fewer shafts (hopefully meaning less stuck threads), but more importantly, it will give the shawl a slightly different look on opposite faces. I don’t want to go overboard, because I want both sets of color changes to show, but I think it would be cool if it were slightly different on front and back.
I have been warned that all these shifting colors + complex design may turn out to be “just too much” – but while my hearing is excellent, I am occasionally hard of listening. 🙂 I think it’ll be a neat experiment to try, and if it works, it should be absolutely fantastic – and if it doesn’t, I’ll file it away for next time. As I read on a blog (Alice Schlein’s?) recently, “If no one is willing to go over the top, how will we know what’s on the other side?”