Thursday, 1 April 2010

Michael's Enamels (2)

Our house has a long corridor with a blank wall at the end and I have a padded board there. I pin textiles to it and leave them there to get ideas from. Did it work or not? Should I change the colours, the spacing?

This is the completed sample with painted mount board pieces. The black stripes at top and bottom are double weave with the raw edges turned and machine stitched to form a tube for a hanger.

1) I do not like so much black at the ends. Maybe the weft could be a light colour? Sample before starting on the final piece
2) I do not  like the seams on the black sections. The top edge has the back cloth folded forward and the front cloth folded over it so that the top edge is bound to be black. I have 2 rows of machine stitching - don't like. The other end has both front and back cloth folded inwards and machine stitched. You can see the back cloth a little bit - don't like. Maybe use bias binding but, while I have some one-inch black bias binding, that is not going to be much good if the weft is not black.
3) I did think, while weaving the piece, that I did not like so much red in the squares but the black swamps the red. Although I could shuffle the colours about, I don't see that any scheme is an improvement.

Now to tie on the warp again


  1. Definitely need lighter ends.

  2. The black is very harsh, I think it is the relationship between the black and the red that is the problem. I wonder what would happen if you used a different dark colour that emphasised one of the other colours or tones, such as green or blue? The blues are soft and subtle but flow through many of the squares.



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.