Archive for December, 2010


Restless Knitter mentioned seeing what I’m going to do with the dyed yarns. Hmm. Yes. Well…

There isn’t A Plan as such. It’s more swirling possibilities. I like this part where anything is possible, and all the possibilities wonderful. I know I want to learn more about colour, and to me it makes sense to focus on that and keep with a structure in which I have at least some experience.  Blog reading provides lots of inspiration/aspiration (note: “inspiration” doesn’t mean these are the only people doing such work. They are weavers I admire, whose blogs I follow, and who have shown items that have stuck in my mind):

  • Painted warp

    Maybe select some colours for warp stripes, dye/paint  other stripes of warp using the same (? or other) colours. Inspired by Bonnie Tarses. Relevant experience from warp painting with Linda Coffil (although that was warp-faced plain weave, not what I want now since I’m interested in colour interaction between warp and weft).

  • Painted warp plus supplementary threads

    Add complexity to plain weave with different texture threads. Inspired by Daryl Lancaster. Relevant experience another warp created in Linda’s workshop. Clearly I’m in pre-school and Daryl post-graduate in this.

  • Huck lace

    Colour interaction in lace. Inspired by Cally Booker. Relevant experience scarves in huck lace and my swedish lace sampler.

  • "Freestyle rosepath" runner

    A mix of plainweave and rosepath with areas on inlay. Inspired by Susan Johnson. Relevant experience my various experiments with “freestyle rosepath”.

  • double weave

    Double weave. I don’t have a specific inspiration, but relevant experience was the scarf done in Liz Calnan’s class.

  • 8 shaft colour & weave

    Colour and weave. Inspired by Meg Nakagawa. Relevant experience:  samplers on 4 shafts and 8 shafts.

No decision as yet, although this review has helped me focus on the need to give myself the opportunity to learn. The sophisticated work of experienced weavers can be inspirational/aspirational, but they have invested in and built their skills. I need to do the same – build the colour knowledge I want before I try to apply it.

Swedish lace sampler

At this point I’m leaning towards a lace sampler. Having experimented with mixing colours when dyeing, it would be interesting to see the same colours mixed optically in warp and weft. From what I’ve read/heard/seen I’d expect a red warp/yellow weft combination to give a more lively or complex visual effect than using orange warp and weft which happen to be based on the same red and yellow dyes. A layout like the sampler would give me areas of plain weave and lace (not necessarily swedish lace), and a colour gamp arrangement would give a lot of information. The dyeing triangle I’ve just finished (should have a photo tomorrow) really excites me. Ideas percolating….

Breaking the ice with colour play

Yellow 4G, Blue 5G & Rhodamine

Yellow 2R, Blue 2R & Red G

Aren’t they pretty? I’ve got a big box of white 20/2 silk yarn and am slowly turning it into 25 g cakes of shimmering colour.

2010 has not turned out according to plan. On the plus side, I’m no longer a plus size! I’m not quite at “normal” yet (as defined by a government information site), but it’s getting close (thank you Lane Cove Curves). I’m walking without pain and energy levels are way, way up. Among some of the year’s minuses – well, a selection of the challenges we all face from time to time. Nothing too dreadful, but time consuming and draining. Things settled and I started playing with yarns again a while back, but blogging (reading and writing) has taken longer.

The photos are OK but not wonderful in terms of being true to life. I’m using Lanaset dyes mainly, with Sandolan Rhodamine for the strong fuchsia. I’ve used Lanaset since 2005 (I found an old invoice in the box), but the Rhodamine is new to me. I should have read the instructions (which suggest a maximum of 2% DOS – depth of shade) first, because I used 3% DOS and the rhodamine didn’t come close to exhausting and didn’t rinse clear. So that’s a definite drat – I’ll have to be very careful about how I use that set, and expect the finished item(s) to run.

I guess from the photo setup you can get the idea of the colour mixing I’m doing. Three unmixed colours at the vertices of the triangles, with combinations of two dyes along each edge and all three in the interior.

I’m still turning over possibilities for some end uses. I’ve found lots of inspiration while catching up on my blog reading 🙂 The idea will be to follow up the mixing of dye colours with the optical colour mixing of warp/weft/structure in the weaving.  I’m not going to do anything as risky as planning or (gulp!) making resolutions, but I’m hoping for lots of yarn, lots of colour and lots of learning ahead!


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