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:

Susan B. said...

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!

bspinner said...

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.

Gertieanne said...

Your color combination is very pretty.

fleur said...

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

Leigh said...

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.

Peg in South Carolina said...

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.

Dorothy said...

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

Valerie said...

Yup, red and blue make purple!

Looks fun to me!

Sharon said...

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

cyndy said...

~sigh~

very lovely color..

jackie said...

It looks great to me!

Sheepish Annie said...

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!!!

Michele said...

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!!