As textile artists, we simply cannot get away from stripes. But who would want to? Stripes are fun! And designing stripes is even funner! (Sorry! I don't do "corny" very well ;)
I'm sure most of you are familiar with The Random Stripe Generator. And of course, Fibonacci sequences for creating stripe patterns. Another idea came from my friend Ruth, whom I met through the Blue Ridge Spinners. Ruth sometimes uses barcodes for stripe patterns. She's used barcodes right off of products, such as peanut butter and jelly, but I thought perhaps I could find an online barcode generator and create my own barcodes.
I tried several and liked this one the best -
Free Barcoding Generator by Barcoding Incorporated.
To test it out, I typed in "Catzee" and got this -
So, if I used that for the stripe pattern with her tortoiseshell coloring .....
I could create a Catzee sweater, or blanket, or vest, or anything striped.
When I signed up for my area guild's towel exchange, I decided on both waffle weave and stripes. For my stripes, I wanted to try this barcode idea.
My first idea was, that since the exchange was going to be in November, to go with a holiday theme. So I got the barcode for "Merry Christmas."
I was concerned that the code was a little too long, so I used a section of it with my waffle weave sampler ...
The red and green are the stripes in the barcode. However, after washing and measuring, the stripe pattern did prove to be too long for the width towels I need to weave.
After a bit of experimenting, I was able to use my guild's initials for the stripe pattern .....
I've been able to work this out to the required width (after shrinkage!).
I'm using 10/2s cotton, alternating blue and green for the stripes, with unbleached natural. So far the warp is wound on to the back beam and is ready for heddle threading. I plan to get started on that tomorrow.
Posted 4 Aug 2008 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
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