Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I know I yammer on and on about consistency, but it's true - you really do have to be consistent on just oh, so many levels in weaving.
One way to check for consistency of beat is to drape your cloth in front of a window and let the light shine through it.
Today there wasn't a lot of light by the time I finished weaving the scarves so this is a pretty pathetic photo which doesn't show how lovely the cloth really is. I took it without a flash so that the light coming through the cloth would show the placement of the threads.
This cloth is a tiny bit challenging to weave. First off, it's plain weave. Remember plain weave? The simple weave structure that is technically way more difficult than any other weave structure to get 'right'? Secondly one of the warp yarns is quite textured and the two warp yarns are different in terms of their elasticity. The beat itself isn't a 'beat' as such but more of a placement - a light kiss of the beater against the fell.
So I was curious to see how well I'd managed. I think I did ok. :)
(The different colours of green reflect the scene outside my window - my lawn, the street and the neighbour's lawn and tree - the tree is to the upper left and looks like a darker green blob.)