Way back when I first started playing with barcodes as stripe patterns, my first barcode was "Catzee", the name of one of my cats.
At first it was simply a word for an experimental barcode. But when I considered her lovely tortoiseshell coloring .....
...... the wheels started to turn.
Considering my recent self-revelation about designing and weaving summer & winter, I decided to use that barcode for my next S&W project. I also considered that even though the draft I had in mind (similar to my Fibonacci S&W) was easy to do out of my head, this would be a good way to begin learning DB-Weave weaving software.
Using the entire barcode resulted in a pretty wide draft, of which the screenshot below shows only shows part. You can click on the drafts to enlarge them (they're pretty big).
With the Fibonacci drafts, I only had four shafts to work with (and no weaving software). Now I have eight, so the patterns can be much more complex. Interestingly, the draft hints at Catzee's vague ginger tabby stripes.
Adding color to the draft made it much more interesting.....
Of course, I don't have these colors to work with, but it gave me the gist of what it might look like.
These are my actual yarn choices .....
They are the closest Catzee-like colors I could find in my stash. The golds and cream will be the warp and tabby weft. The black will be the pattern weft. I would love to be able to use the black chenille for this, but will sample first. The second black cone of cotton is on stand-by.
And of course, since this piece is inspired by Catzee, she reserves full rights to snoopervise the entire project.
Posted 5 March 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
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