Posted by Peg in South Carolina
TREADLING AND COLOR
In each block I treadled the pattern color only on shaft 5. Between each block with pattern color on shaft 5, I treadled a transition group using only the background color--green. For this group I treadled 2 sets of treadles 3 through 8.
A reminder. The treadling is polychrome treadling with no tabbies.
I changed pattern colors with each block group. The colors are pale yellow, lime green, pink and light green. I did not do them exactly sequentially but devised the following order. Letting small letters represent the colors, here is the scheme:
1. a, b,
2. a, b, c
3. b, c
4. b, c, d
There are a total of eight groups and finishing them brings me back round to the beginning.
I have been rather enjoying this. It is more rapid and relaxing weaving than the art pieces were, but the color scheme helps keep any boredom at bay. It's still not speed weaving, however. I continue to weave with the bobbins themselves rather than putting them in the shuttles.
Getting the color right in this photo was very difficult. The first thing that happened when I started the photo session was very strange. The reds came blue. I tried different settings but nothing worked. This had never happened to me before so I was quite befuddled. The light I use is overhead lighting from a ceiling light/fan. The secondary lights are a small lamp on each side of the loom. There is some natural light that comes in from the windows, but this does not seem to confuse the camera particularly. And I turn off the florescent light in the neighboring kitchen.
What was going on?
I looked at the lamp bulbs. My husband had changed one of them to one of those energy saving florescent tube things. I turned it off and all was well. Not completely well as there were still difficulties.
There were two difficulties.
- Getting the red the correct shade
- Getting the pattern colors in the center and at the end to light up
I managed to get the reds pretty close by playing with balancing red and green in my software. The problem with the pattern colors is that, though they show pretty well were they should (in the end blocks and in the two blocks on either side of center), they show up too well in some of the other blocks. In reality, they do show up there but with much more of a shadowy effect, and effect I quite like.
The other color problem is that when woven, the light yellow and the lime green look exactly alike. They both just look like yellow. In this particular dark and rather intense warp, I would need to have the yellow and the lime green both be probably at full saturation instead of as light as they are.
But take a look at them on the bobbins.
"Weaving Begins on Crackle Exchange Samples" was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on September 9, 2008. © 2008 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina