Sunday, August 19, 2012

One Warp Variety

All of these scarves were done on the same warp.  I just changed wefts for each one.

One of the challenges involved in weaving for sale is having variety without having your booth look like a fruit salad.  (A jumble of unorganized colour, in case you are wondering!)

Some people also say they get bored after weaving one thing so by changing either the weft or the treadling, or both, boredom can be set aside.

Quite frankly I don't get bored while weaving.  The last year I have been weaving a lot of plain weave.  And by a lot I mean a lot.  It was the fastest and easiest way to use up some of my variegated stash.  Part of the challenge with the yarns I wanted to use up quickly is that they are thicker than I ordinarily prefer to work with so in order to create a lighter weight fabric, I chose to use a slightly higher epi, a finer weft than the warp and plain weave.

In all I have been satisfied with my results.  I think I've made a nice weight of cloth suitable for its intended purpose.  The colours were ones that I had dyed so I pretty much liked them to begin with and the challenge became to use up what finer yarns I had on hand for weft and combine the warps and wefts in a way that was pleasing to me.

I would never myself wear that brilliant yellow/orange scarf on the left, but I think someone who had the right colouring and a bold enough personality will enjoy it.   Or at least, that is the hope.

Farmers and craftspeople - the most optimistic people on earth.


Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

Hmm - sometimes I've been criticised for using "colours that do not exist in nature".
I wish I had thought of the fruit salad metaphor, then :-)

heatherabarrick said...

you know, now that youve said its not to your tast,that scarf will be the first thing to sell. :)