EFFECT OF WARP COLORS ON FABRIC
One thing this photo shows really clearly is the effect of the different colors of red in the warp has on the fabric. Actually, however, this photo intensifies that effect because some of the reds are a bit brighter here than they are in reality. The effect is more subtle in real life. Still, the photo is instructive.
DESIGNING AS I GO
I am designing as I go. Randall Darwall says that color speaks to color as one weaves. Or at least that is what Valerie said in her blog upon her return from the recent Penland workshop with Darwall. But she said it much better than I. Go here to read about her experience and to see a plethora of wonderful photos.
But I think that other design elements as well speak to each other as one weaves. In the case of this crackle piece, the design elements I am referring to are the various sized and shaped squares and rectangles formed by throwing yellow weft in different sheds for different lengths of weaving.
Since the piece will be only 14" long, the more I weave the more limited my choices become. This is an interesting way to go.
DESIGNING OFF AND ON THE LOOM
I suppose that if I understood this crackle structure truly intimately I could do the designing off the loom. But then weaving would be nothing but painting by numbers. For me, that would be not much fun. Besides, for me at least, a computer drawdown just does not reveal the subtleties that real yarn crossing real yarn on the loom does.
Still, I will grow more competent in careful roughing out on paper and on the computer of what I would like to see happen as I continue to work.