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  • in reply to: Season 2, Episode 4 – Colour and Weave Gamp #42991
    Jean
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      Thanks, Moira. I like the stripes, too.

      I would like to try this gamp in an analogous colourway. I’m not so keen on the high contrast patterns needed to illustrate the colour and weave effects, but two shades of green or a blue and a green or maybe some browns or.. or.. or… would give a real interest and depth of colour to a fabric. But now we are on to the next sample and once again my head is almost exploding after watching what Jane does with “Parrot”! Too many ideas, not enough time!

      in reply to: Season 2, Episode 4 – Colour and Weave Gamp #42930
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        Thanks, Sandra. I promised myself that I would treat the Guild episodes as homework assignments and I am having so much fun using “homework” to avoid “housework”!

        As I consider all of the possibilities from a single warp I am having flashes of the von Trapp family in the Sound of Music where all of the children were wearing outfits made from curtains. Rather than curtains, everything I make comes from one very long warp and I end up making a top that matches the blanket and rug and bath towel and tea towel and placemats and scarf and curtains….☺

        in reply to: Season 2, Episode 4 – Colour and Weave Gamp #42878
        Jean
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          I used this gamp mostly as an exploration of different wefts but had some fun with treadling, too.

          After weaving the original draft, I did a stripe sample (my favourite, I think) and then re-did the gamp and treadled twill. My big lesson here was that no matter how obvious I might think the break between the two samples is always put in a shot of contrasting weft – the first twill sample ended up as the hem on my striped one. Oops.

          twill treadle

          It was fun to see the subtle differences in pattern with the two treadlings, but what was most interesting for me was the difference in drape. Same sett, same threading, same weft, totally different fabric.

          colour weave gamp

          I tried a bunch of different wefts from my stash but nothing really grabbed my imagination so I re-sleyed this warp to 12 epi and started to play again. I had some grey mercerized knitting cotton from the thrift store that turned out to be exactly the same size as 4/8 cotton. It made a very nice fabric that I think would be suitable for something like a baby blanket. Next sample was with a vintage bobbin of Quebecois and a bit of Harrisville for a very serviceable lap blanket. Without Jane’s encouragement to be brave, I never would have thought to try a wool weft on a cotton warp but it totally worked. The cotton fringe looked a little sad so I augmented it with a strand of wool and it looked much better.

          Finally, I cut off all but the three centre stripes and wove with 2/8 cotton weft for a lightweight scarf. I loved this fabric, and wished that I could have made the scarf longer but alas, that was the end of the warp.

          I’m ready for some springtime colours, and am really (really) hoping there won’t be snow under the clothesline for the next sample!

          Jean
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            Thanks, Jane. Reposted to Ravelry as requested.

            Jean
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              Totally inspired and empowered by Jane’s studio workshop I came up with what I am calling my “colour palette kit”. I’ve had so much fun with it that I wanted to share, in case anyone else would enjoy this as much as I am. I don’t have room to have all of my cones spread out all of the time, and this is so handy (something I can work with while I wait for the next online guild episode :)). The setup has also made it very obvious that nature abounds with analogous colour schemes.

              colour-wheel

              Rather than make a sample card, as Jane suggests, I wound my samples of 2/8 cotton (augmented with a few 4/8 and boucle to round out the colour wheel) onto embroidery floss bobbins and mounted them on a brass ring from the dollar store.  I know myself well enough that I could obsess for far too long finding the “perfect” picture from which to pull a palette (especially because I want to use my own photos) so I am working my way through last year’s desk calendar. When I am finished I will have a book of 50+ colour palettes. I made a little window to focus my attention and avoid hyperventilating with possibilities. I know that when I get to December I can start at the beginning, move my window, and come up with a different palette on the same picture. After watching this latest episode I think I will go back to the mountain picture here and do the whole image.

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              I’m just practicing training my eye. When I take the next step to playing with graphics and planning a project I’ll be able to pull a page, put it in a sketch book, and get out the pencil crayons and big cones.

              On a practical note, I couldn’t find bobbins in town and ended up ordering plastic ones; the notches are a bit sloppy for 2/8 so I would recommend the cardboard ones if you can find them.

              Jean
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                Cheryl, it’s everywhere, isn’t it?!

                Jean
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                  This was so much fun! Since I am fortunate enough to already have the workshop samples I have set myself the challenge to use what I have (and the corollary that nothing is too good to use). I went to the Galapagos last year, so this is my “blue-footed booby” colourway. The white is a loosely spun 2/8 mill end that wrinkles when I look at it so I am much happier with the boucle towels than the pieces done at the original sett. I gave myself permission to just play and concentrate on design rather than product. Nothing is the same size and (so far) only the boucle towels have an identified purpose. I really liked the 4+4 and 3+1 striping sequences and designs that are one-third/two-thirds feel “right” to me. To my eye, zingers should stay as accent colours; I don’t much care for the predominantly blue sample.

                  Jane warned us that we would be sad to get to the end of a great warp and I was! Eight yards was not enough! I replaced the blue with medium brown and had enough warp for only one rust/green towel.

                  The first time I visited Jane’s she had a clothesline full of handwoven towels, and I said ” I wish that was my laundry!” so I decided to do a little photo shoot this afternoon. It’s a start. My little line of towels makes me very happy.

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