Friday, May 31, 2013

Letting Go of Perfection

scarf 33

scarf 34

When I sampled for this production run of scarves I used several different wefts and weave structures, then chose the combination that I felt was the most successful.  The most 'perfect' if you will.

Unfortunately the Bambu 12 doesn't come in the variety of dark value colours that I would like to use so this morning on scarf #33 I decided to change wefts.

It was a choice between making a good first impression by using the 'right' colour weft to bring the warp colours out to their full potential and having a hand that was less than 'perfect' or using colours that I felt enhanced the warp colours but would not feel quite as nice.

Since you only have one chance at making a good first impression, I let go of perfection - because I wasn't going to get it anyway - and went with 'good'.

The top scarf - the first on this warp (#9) was woven with a solid medium range purple in 2/10 size Tencel.  The second one is being woven with a variegated yarn, also 2/10 Tencel.  I wasn't sure if the colour variations would show up on my monitor but they actually show quite well.  This was yarn I had custom dyed a few years ago and of which I just have dribs and drabs left - enough to do 2 or 3 scarves of each colour, perhaps a few more if some of the unconed skeins turn out to be good matches for the warps.

Normally my preference is to have the variegation in the warp, but these yarns were specially dyed to be very close in both hue and value and I like the slight shimmer of this first one.  So I will probably look for other warps on which I can use up some of this 'semi-solid' coloured yarn.

Stash busting.  Gotta love it.

Currently reading The Bat by Jo Nesbo

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

Geez, I'd like to be that "less perfect" too. They are beautiful!