Beaming warp sectionally - green first, then red
I rarely accept special orders any more - unless it is just doing one of my established designs in a different colourway.
But I agreed to tackle this special order for a couple of reasons.
One, the customer gave me complete freedom to design something.
Two, I had so many requests for table textiles that I figured even if the customer didn't like what I did I could probably find a customer somewhere.
When I do accept a special order I tell the customer that I will make something, no obligation on them to actually buy it.
The cloth is to be a square that will fit on a round table. Doing just one item isn't economical in terms of investment in time, so I put 10 yards on today (yes, I 'worked' on Christmas Day - my work is my play, too) and should be able to get 5 or 6 squares out of the warp.
I have ideas for several different designs. At least one will be woven with dark green as weft, but I also have some fine natural linen in a sort of brown-ish hue, plus I have some two ply cotton/linen blend. So that's three possibilities. I'm sure I can find more yarn in my copious stash.
Each square will be woven with a different tie-up/treadling and when completed I will invite the customer to take a look at all of them and see if she likes any of them.
As a side benefit, I realized that some of the red 2/8 cotton was actually 2/16. This pleases me because I had been thinking of ordering in some 2/16 in reds and now I don't have to. Win!
Currently reading The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb - a title I stumbled on at the library but which isn't listed on her website - not sure why.