I finished weaving up the iridescent samples! I tried Alice’s idea of using smaller diamonds in a satin structure – it’s the first one on the loom – and also in even smaller diamonds (really 3-end huck lace spots) in the second sample on the loom. I didn’t really like the look of either one on the loom, so I went back to my original goose-eye pattern and added a second column of the pattern, and liked that much better.
Here’s a photo on the loom:
You can see one of my iridescent samples at the bottom, with just a hint of the iridescence as it goes over the back beam. I can’t wait to get these samples out of the wash!
As for the patterns…we’ll just have to see what comes out of the wash. As Laura says, there’s magic in the water…
Meanwhile, I think I will begin winding the warp for the next project, which will be a mohair shawl. Or else I will start pre-sleying the reed for the rayon chenille warp, though I fully expect it to be a tangled mess, given its winding and treatment to date.
What fun to see the difference the various weave structures make. 😀
The orange warp is the way to go. Are you getting iridescense with the diamond pattern? That’s my favorite. How about a teal or turquoise weft over the orange? Or, fuchsia?
A few years ago I wove towels in 8/2 turquoise and purple unmercerized cotton in a turned something or other (pattern from Handwoven). They’ve developed a slight degree of iridescence as they have aged.
You have inspired me to try silk. Have a hank of orange around somewhere…
Diane Roeder says
So Tien… how did you decide to beam this warp? Were you happy with the results?