Not too surprisingly (except to me!), I spent nearly all day Saturday sleeping. 3 hours of naptime during the day followed by 10 hours of sleep last night seems to have brought me nearly back to my usual energy, though, and I got quite a bit done today.
First, I finished weaving the final shawl on the doubleweave warps. This one is woven using two solid colored wefts, one the rich deep orange-red of homemade tomato sauce, and one a royal purple. The wefts did not quite dye evenly so there is some intriguing color variation. I wove this with 1/3, 2/2, and 3/1 twill in the foreground, but a plain 1/3 twill background – I’d post photos, as it came out looking quite beautiful, but it’s a gift for a friend and I want to surprise her! And I managed to weave up nearly all of the shawl (72 of 80 inches) today, so I think I’m doing pretty well. I still need to hemstitch the loom end before I can take it off the loom, and plan to finish that tonight.
Second, I did my next two sets of dye samples. The first one nearly had me tearing my hair out with frustration, but after sulking for about half a day, I started a second sample, this time with a few changes in the recipe and much more stirring, and this one (finally!) seems to be coming out okay. I’m considering doing Cibacron F samples as well for this study group, but I think I will err on the side of less insanity and just do Lanasets.
Or maybe not. Who knows?
Third, I started designing tied weaves. Here are the two tied weaves I cooked up this morning:
In case you were wondering about the four ties, it’s because I wanted to be able to experiment with different patterns in the ties. I’m definitely getting a better understanding of how to generate these – now I want to try something really interesting, like using 12 shafts for the ties and doing a network drafted pattern in the ties as well as using pattern shafts to create the main pattern.
The advantage of a network drafted pattern in the ties is that I can do simpler patterns as well. On a 12-shaft network with a 4-end initial, I can weave anything that is weavable on a four-end straight draw, meaning I can weave the two examples above as well as more complicated patterns. This way I can start with a relatively simple pattern, see what that looks like, and then continue into more complex patterns, all on the same warp!
Of course, that assumes that I can figure out the general algorithm for combining an arbitrary pattern of ties with the “usual” pattern, but I don’t think it’s that complicated – give me a day or two and I’ll figure it out. With this, as with most things, Photoshop will be my friend.
Some of the things I’m planning to try out on this soon-to-be tied weave warp:
- simple patterns in Summer and Winter or double two-tie unit weave
- different wefts – rayon chenille, cashmere, feltable wool
- complex patterns in the ties
- complex patterns in the pattern threads (network drafting on 12 shafts and a 4-end initial, anyone?)
and various combinations of the above. I think I will refrain from working with gradient colors for this warp, partly because I’m out of color gradient yarn, but mostly because I think there will be enough going on already!
Still haven’t chosen a yarn for this warp. I’m thinking either 60/2 or 30/2 silk for the ground cloth, and am really really really trying to convince myself to use 30/2. Trouble is, I think 60/2 would be so much more FUN…especially with that 3450 ypp rayon chenille I’ve got somewhere…but, being practical, 30/2 silk would make it much easier to see what I’m doing.
Off to stir the dyepots!