Posted by Peg in South Carolina
WHAT I HAD PLANNED TO DO
I had finished the planned sampling and was getting ready to start on the next art piece, #5. This was to be a new (and hopefully improved!) version of Art Piece # 2. Go here to read more about that piece. I wanted to make a successful piece using the concept of yellow blocks against a dark blue background.
Ready to start the first few shots and do some hemstitching, I hesitated. What treadles would be the best to use? I looked at the information on the original piece. I decided I wasn't really sure.
THE PLAN CHANGES
Lodged in my head, as well, was the sentence I had quoted from my new knitting book, Knitting as Art:
"Beautifully made, considered sampling underpins contemporary textile practice, while informing the next step in the development process." (p. 123)
I needed to do more sampling. I needed to try out all the different color distributions possible on any two given treadles. I have not finished but here it is
In order to make it easier to separate the blocks visually, I alternated pink and yellow for the pattern wefts. That is the first and all subsequent odd-numbered blocks I used pink for the two pattern treadles. On the second and all subsequent even-number blocks, I used light yellow. For the rest of the treadles I used a medium-dark green.
At first I didn't particularly enjoy this sampling. The results seemed quite blah. But still I knew that they would be helpful. As I wove I began to grow more excited, so excited that I forgot about lunch---forgetting about lunch simply does not happen to me! I think what is happening is just delightful! What I may do for the Complex Weavers crackle exchange group is precisely what I am doing in this sample. Maybe add a light green. I have enough warp to weave it up for the fall exchange.
One thing I had not anticipated: the neutralizing effect on the red warp of the green wefts. This helps the pale yellow and pink blocks become more effective. I knew about the concept of opposites neutralizing each other, but this is the first time I have seen it actually happening.
I am a very happy camper. I am only angry that I have so many other things to attend to today that I cannot continue weaving. On the other hand, it is nice to end the weaving being excited because that will carry over till tomorrow. I always try, when possible, to stop in the middle of things, so to speak, because that makes starting again the next day so much easier. Stopping with excitement is a gift.
To find out more about Complex Weavers' Crackle Exchange group, go here.
A NOTE ON RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY
I have not been happy with my photography lately. The camera just didn't seem to work right. Changing the color balance seemed to have no effect, which was so unusual that I began to think that the camera was in some respect broken. And it was difficult to get a properly developed image where the colors weren't washed out. The result is that I had to do more experimenting in Paint Shop Pro to get the likeness right.
Then I checked the digital information on the computer. It said that the flash was on. I knew it had been off and I wanted it off. I checked earlier photos to make sure. Yes, the flash was off. So somehow, unintentionally, I inadvertently turned the flash back on. Now i have to check the gosh-darn instructions to figure out how to turn it off.
Posted August 20 , 2008 by http://talkingaboutweaving.blogspot.com/