Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Don't Like Red Warp

Not a solid red anyways. It's not that I have anything against red. I like red. It's a good color. It's a useful color. But for these M's & O's dishtowels for the WNCF/HG's Winter Project, I've had a tough time finding weft colors in my stash that I have liked with it.

Initially I put on six yards of this red warp. That gave me plenty enough for a set of dishtowels, with plenty leftover to play with. But then I was stuck with finding weft to "go" with it. I limited myself to what I had available in my stash, and finally chose analogous colors. I had time to weave four dishtowels before Winter Project was due. Now, I'm pretty sure I can get at least one more dishtowel out of this warp, so I want a different color weft than the first four. Maybe I should just choose something weird to amuse myself. Like teal. Or pink.

Or, I could use several different colors for the weft. Several different yarns. However, one of the beauties of M's & O's, is that since it uses only one shuttle, it's very quick to weave. I'm into quick today.

So, after a little more rummaging around in my stash, I just chose the next color in the weft color sequence........

13 comments:

  1. OK, I'm definitely putting M's and O's on my list. I have the advanced twill place mats next, then I think M and O dishtowels!

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  2. I love your red warp. I probably wouldn't have been brave enough to chose a blue weft but I sure do like it. From a distance or it could be the color on my computer it almost looks "purplish". Can't wait to see it washed.

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  3. Your color combination is very pretty.

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  4. Dear Leigh, I find that it is beautiful. I am learning to wave, so I would be very happy if you say what is the "epi" of your set? I currently use 10 epi and I think maybe it is too heavy for such projects.
    Kind regards,
    Fleur

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  5. You all are so encouraging with your comments. Many thanks!

    Fleur, I am using 8/2's cotton sett at 20 epi. That seems to be working very well, especially allowing for shrinkage of the cotton after washing and drying.

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  6. I have to agree, I too quite dislike the red warp. Until, that is, you started weaving it up. What you wove is really quite wonderful.

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  7. I love this colour mix!

    When my big interest was making patchwork quilts, I found it very hard to find good red fabrics. Most reds seemed either to be rather pink, or else to have a touch of blue about them

    I think my ideas of "good reds" are based on madder dyes, which I was familiar with as a child in antique carpets etc

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  8. Yup, red and blue make purple!

    Looks fun to me!

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  9. Almost looks like a polka dotted chanille, okay, that's spelled wrong.

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  10. Red is a tricky color. I'm a little afraid of it, if the truth be told. I don't use it very well. But, you make it work!!!

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  11. Great towels. But even more, what a great site you've put together. Thank you for all the time you spend sharing so much useful info. It really is appreciated and extremely inspiring & helpful to the rest of us!!

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