Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finally, before the end of the year........

This week had been monumental in the number of things that are being completed. However, the item of the most significance was this. I finally completed the Pics to Picks piece and I can say that it has been completed in the year that it was started!


I am not great at keeping records and as I was trying to use yarns and warps that were on hand, I could not remember how much black warp was on the loom. I knew that I had about 2m of the coloured warp and that I wanted the horizontal plane change over at about the halfway mark. As I kept weaving, I noticed that there was not that much black warp left on the back beam. This is a bit of designing on the run, so I made the horizontal layer change and hoped for the best.


There was enough coloured warp left to give a decent length scarf so I decided to keep weaving. As the warps were on 2 different back beams, I could cut the black warp off  and continued weaving until I ran out of the coloured warp as well.


I washed the piece in hot water by hand, and then rinsed and spun dry in the washing machine, hoping that the silk stainless yarn will do its thing and crinkle up. I can not describe my exictement when I got it out of the machine and it worked to my expectations!
I am pleased with the results and will definitely develop this idea/concept further.
Thanks, Meg for organising this, Esmae for sending me the picture and Kaz for leaving behind the demo warp from the ikat workshop!

8 comments:

My Sweet Prairie said...

LOVELY! very lovely!

Meg in Nelson said...

Congratulations, well done. It seems we both took a detour in dyes this year, but ended up ending the year weaving. :-)

Want to do another P2P???

Meg in Nelson said...

And that crucial second warp beam - I'm coveting that, too, now.

sampling said...

Thank you My Sweer Prairie and Meg!
Yes, Meg, I am really glad that I stuck it out. Once the warp was on the loom, I knew that I would have to finish it. It was only a matter of time.
I am game for another P2P type project but was thinking of doing the weave juice cards that Kaz has sent to me. Do you want to do that?

shipbuilding said...

very clever...and very bright!

Esmae said...

Fantastic, Amanda. Thrilling result for all of us. Thank you.

alternative thoughts said...

A lovely piece of weaving and the colours are looking good.

linda said...

that is wonderfully rich! great experiment - now off to hunt the inspiration pix :)