Tuesday, April 07, 2009

One Thing Leads To Another

By Leigh

My samples for the Complex Weavers Tied Weaves Study Group Sample Exchange are ready to go.

Each one is attached to a weaving record sheet which includes the draft on the back, plus a write-up of how I developed the idea. Because my barcode name draft was too large to print out, I included only part of that, but added a complete profile draft. I called my draft "Tortie Trails," in honor of its source of inspiration.

Initially, I planned to move on to something else entirely after I mailed the samples. However, this image .....

How it shrunk after washing & drying..... got me thinking along other lines. I didn't intend for the sample to shrink like that, but the unexpected result made me wonder if I could do it on purpose.

This sample is a 10/2 unmercerized cotton for warp and tabby weft, and an 8/2 rayon for pattern weft. I read that rayon tends to shrink more than cotton, so hopefully this will give me a similar effect to Catzee's cloth. This one is more in the proportions of a scarf, so if it works, I can wear it!

As with many of my sources of inspiration, one idea leads to another. The result of this is that my weaving experience seems more like a journey than a classroom experience. But it's hard not to follow the evolution of ideas. In fact, I doubt I could do it any other way.

Posted 7 April 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

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9 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing what happens next!

    Your record sheets and samples look well presented, and it's a very interesting sample for anyone to receive.

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  2. I love that you're running with this!

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  3. This is very exciting, I look forward to see the result!

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  4. It's great that your taking your unexpected result, and figuring out a way to make it work for you!!

    Sue

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  5. This is very interesting. Can't wait to see what happens with your experiment. :-)

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  6. Your samples look great. I now can't wait to see how this one turns out!

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  7. And isn't a journey much more fun than being in a classroom???!!

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  8. I'm sure your samples will be well received. Wonderfull presentation!
    I'm so happy you feel your weaving experiences are a journey and you're sharing your journey with us. I for one am enjoying and learning from every new blog.

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  9. I can't wait to see how it turns out! It will be interesting to see the difference between the shrinkage of cotton and rayon

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