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October 4, 2015

after the surprise green silk dyed with frozen marigolds

the question arose ” would the result be different with fresh plant material?”

slight but significant differences

P1070747top three – frozen from June – September

bottom three – fresh, picked at end of season

all the same sample skeins, alum mordant

the previous strong green skein is handspun tussah silk

the small sample skeins are bombyx silk

now more questions

does the different silk result in such a difference in colour?

and – does the time of year the plant material is gathered make a difference?

but the flowers are finished for this year!

in the studio

the weaving is not going well – difficult and frustrating

I transferred the weave structure to my Fiberworks software hoping to solve the problem


but the problem was in my understanding of how the colour changes worked

and I repeated my mistake on the software

how human is that?

we get an idea firmly planted in our mind and keep repeating the same mistake

classic crackle in polychrome

P1070751success at last

it is never to late for an old weaver to learn new tricks!

 Fibreworks software is a useful tool but perhaps, if I’d been working out the pattern on graph paper

the mistake would have been obvious sooner

of course you can spend a lifetime weaving all the perfect patterns someone else has perfected

but where is the challenge in that?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. myrajdunn permalink
    October 4, 2015 11:46 pm

    I love the beautiful colours you achieved here, Jean.


  2. October 5, 2015 8:11 am

    Yes, let’s have more new tricks!


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    October 6, 2015 3:19 am

    i ever crossed the threshold of computers as weaving aides…instead i went so simple it’s ridiculous. you use the tools well. it’s a lovely cloth.


    • October 6, 2015 8:35 am

      Velma – simple is good, I still weave mainly 4 shaft patterns on a 16 shaft loom. Just like a challenge once in awhile to keep my brain functioning.


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