Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Two weaving temptations have recently assailed me.
1. I was tempted not to unweave something that was just plain wrong.
2. I was tempted to let the second blue dyeing of the silk stand even though it still had more of a yellow cast than I was happy with.
TEMPTATION NOT TO UNWEAVE
The first temptation centered on a treadling error. First I treadled 2x with pattern weft on treadle 4. Those are the first two lines of gold weft visible in the photo above. Now, for a moment, forget about the rest of the golds.
I was then to treadle 3x with pattern weft on treadle 8. When I had finished what I supposed was the second treadling group, which was to be treadled 3x, I discovered I had treadled it only 2x. So I treadled one more group. It did not look right.
It did not look right because it was not right. After I treadled the first group 2x, I treadled 1x the next/correct pattern treadle. But for the next 2 pattern treadles I went to a new treadle.
Hmm. It wasn’t right but it did look kind of interesting. Could l I turn this “mistake” into a pattern? Between every group of blocks I could treadle one group with the pattern weft thrown on a treadle different from what I had just treadled and what was to follow. I would determine, at the moment of change which treadle to use for that pattern treadle on the single group of 8 treadles.
So, with this thought in mind, I continued. It was not very long before reality set in. This was an interesting idea. For another piece.
The problem was that it destroyed the clarity of the pattern, a clarity which characterized the patterns of the first two pattern stripes. Looking at the photo above, which is correctly woven, shows that pattern clarity very well.
So I unwove. Not fun, but not difficult and, since I had woven only about 1 inch (probably had thrown 60 shots), it did not take all that long.
Should I just have unwoven when I first saw the problem? Doing this would have saved some time. Oh the other hand, by weaving this new idea I learned, not just that it wouldn’t work for this piece, but also that it was nonetheless an interesting idea. And it working on this led me to understanding a bit more about the qualities of this piece I am weaving. So, no, I should not have just unwoven without giving the new idea a chance.
The selvedge ends looked a little frayed, but I didn’t worry. I could always replace them if they broke (they didn’t break.).
TEMPTATION NOT TO DYE A THIRD BLUE
Unlike the first temptation, the second temptation haunted me for days. I had dyed the second dulled blue, but when I compared its to the first dulled blue and to the bright blue against which it would be woven, I just wasn’t really happy.
Back and forth I went. The color will do. No, it won’t do; it has too much of a yellow color cast. Yes, it will do; it is clearly better than the first dye lot. No, it won’t do; I can’t live with that yellow cast. And so on.
At the loom, I wasn’t ready for the dulled blue yet; I still had some more weaving with the reds to go. So I continued to go back and forth in my head, resisting what I knew I was going to have to do.
I finally broke down. I wound the white silk weft. I redid the formula. I dyed. And now it sits in the dye pot, soaking the very last bits of dye molecules that it can, waiting for the morning when I can rinse and dry.