Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I wrote a post last week in which I reluctantly found myself deciding to weave a sample before I wove the crackle shawl. When I started writing the post, that was not how I thought it would end.
Thanks to Bonnie Tarses I now have a better ending. She made the following comment on that post:
For me the answer to sampling is a 6"-8" "scarf" 4-5 yd warp. Not too wide, not too long, but enough to both sample AND have a finished product
I stared at that comment for a moment. Slowly I began to realize how right she was. And my dreading of putting this narrow warp on the loom has been transformed into eager anticipation.
I realized Bonnie’s answer would allow me a lot more latitude in playing with the motifs and sub-motifs: their spacing, their height, their combinings, their frequency. Indeed, I woke up this morning with a possible plan for the overall design which will help bring some feeling of order to all of this play. Finally, because this is something I will wear, I have to be honest in my weaving. That means I cannot dismiss errors and other technical problems simply because I am weaving a sample. I have to take care with the technical aspects of the weaving as well as the design aspects. That will be very good for me.
One more thing about this brings me great happiness. I feel I will have enough understanding, not only to use this concept for a shawl, but to use a painted warp as well. That is something I have been wanting to do for a long time.