Friday, 26 September 2008

Cloth of many colours

I have completed two samplers on my 15 colour warp, one in plain weave and one a 2/2 diagonal twill. There's enough warp left on the loom to weave another but I'm taking some time to think about what else I want to try out.

We enjoyed a few days of Autumn sunshine last week (wonderful, after a wet, grey Summer!) so one fine afternoon I took my samplers outside where the light was good and took a few photos.

This is a close up of a plain weave section...

...and here's a close-up of twill. The warp yarn on the left of the picture is yellow, and on the right, orange. Orange and pink (top right) is not a combination I would have chosen before weaving this, but it works remarkably well. See how much warmer the colours with pink weft (top) are than those with the light blue (below), and that's inspite of this being a dull, blue-ish pink. The yellow warp lifts the tone of the pink, with orange it is more dull in tone and the right hand side receeds against the yellow. Look again and see how there is (left versus right) light and shadow, near and far.

Here we see the same weft colours with totally different section of warp, something reminiscent of pink Foxgloves (top) or blue Forget-me-not (below)?

The same green warp with colours similar to the above, but different effect, cooler tones.

Selection of greens:

My favourite red/orange/yellows:

Colours of spring moorland, grass, reeds and heather:

The two different samplers examined together, same two yarns warp and weft in diagonal twill and in plain weave.

And also:

Folding the plain weave sampler enables me to show you, left of picture, the blue-jade yarn warp and weft, centre with a white warp and right with navy blue. Don't you think that the blue-jade colour looks paler with white, and blue against the navy? So much of our perception of colour depends on context. (no, the colours didn't run in the wash!)

Same folding as the above, with the yellow green yarn: left, in warp and weft, centre with white weft and right with navy blue. The reed marks are distinct against navy (you see every group of three warp threads from the 3 per dent reed sleying), but not visible at all on the white.

Weaving these samplers has been joyful, and I still have about going on for another 2 metres of warp on the loom, so watch this space!


Andrew Kieran said...

oooh, those samples look just so lovely. what kind of yarn are you using to make those? i'm never adventurous or confident enough to buy really colourful yarns like that, i guess it's the dour scotsman in me, who likes to go on about the rising price of coal and how "the nights are fair drawing in these days"


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. Fascinating to see the interaction of colours. Our eyes aren't as trustworthy as we think!

Barbara Blundell said...

Yes, also like the red/orange/ yellow best. Gorgeoous colours

Dorothy said...

These beautiful yarns are mercerised cotton, 12/2, from William Hall & Co. Ltd The range also includes some lovely neutral colours which I'm looking forward to using in future projects. They also import the gorgeous Swedish Borgs Bocken and Klippan yarns.

Glad to hear from everyone enjoying the colours!

William Hall & Co., 177 Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 6RF, England. 0161 437 3295

Leigh said...

Lovely! I am always fascinated with the way colors interact visually with one another. Are you going to make a wall hanging out of at least one of them?

Helen said...

I love these colours. Thay are so complex which is what fascinates me. I particularly like the ones where you put a navy blue into the equation. One looks a dark turquoise to me which is one of my favourite colours. I don't understand the technicalities of the weaving- I am too lazy! However I love the result.

Catherine Wakely said...

The colours are so beautiful in these! What cheerful fabric to have around now that the weather is heading for cold and dark :-)

You're so right about the context of colours as well. I've always been fascinated by the way different lights and backgrounds can totally change a colour.