I did a little FAFO (or as some like to call it, the scientific method).
In other words, I tried things, documented how they worked - or didn't - and am now in the process of writing out my findings. And the instructions for the class they were designed for and woven to illustrate.
Since weaving is a very high labour intensive process, I did two different 'experiments' - one was to weave an area of lace/plain weave at one end of the scarf in a colour gamp (repeating the same thread colours as were in the warp), then the second scarf was done only in plain weave, again with the colour gamp at one end..
One set (the lace weaves) will be used as the student project for the lace weave class on SOS.
The other can be used for my lecture on colour theory.
Once again I was reminded of just how difficult it is to weave a 'perfect' plain weave, even when I'm paying attention and trying. The other is how much a high value contrast between warp and weft will show up every little inconsistency in said plain weave. And how little an 'imperfect' plain weave will look 'wrong' if it is woven consistently. Just saying.
A timely reminder going into the new year - to stay humble.
Not a lot to show for a couple weeks of weaving (plus several weeks of thinking, planning, number crunching, choosing the colours to use, all done well before the first warp was wound.)
But the information gained was much much bigger than one might expect given the output of the past two weeks. (I checked my blog, the first picture I showed was of the first warp after being woven, on Dec. 13.)
Some of these scarves were woven on truly dark and dreary days and were a tonic.
For now? It's back to tea towels. I beamed the warp yesterday and got it half threaded today. My goal is to finish threading, see if I can get it sleyed as well, then generate the treadling.
As the new year approaches, I will continue as I have done all my life - begin the new year as I mean to go on. Keep weaving. Keep teaching. Keep busting my stash. Keep on, keeping on.