Saturday, November 22, 2014

We have a scooter!

On November 1st, David took his first army scoot.  I finally captured it on camera on the 6th of Nov, and he really took off after that!  This is from Nov 16th:


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David is ALL over the place right now!  He loves going after the poor kitty... but as you can guess, I don't get a whole lot done during the day when he's awake... and that's ok!  I would rather hang out with him and watch him do all his cool stunts!

I started another echo weave project, but it turns out it wasn't as good as the first.  I used 5 colors and rotated them into every combination of 5 I could get... which is 18 combinations.  And then I wove strips of each color combination.  But it was disappointing compared to the first one.  I ended up just treadling 1-8 and then 7-1 back over and over again instead of following the echo weave pattern.  I kind of like what I got, but I will definitely not repeat this one again.

Original design:



This is how I ended up weaving off the rest of that echo project:



I decided I was tired of echo weave altogether and wanted something easy and different, so I pulled out my pastel colors.  I'm not a pastel person, but I thought they worked well in this project.  I set it up as a gamp and I just pulled it off my loom last night.  I plan on turning it into dishtowels for spring gifts.


I am trying several different tie-ups:


Here's the gamp I'm doing:






And one last amazing video of David speaking!  Yes, he also is doing that!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

80 samples

After studying the samples, I have noticed a pattern.  If the original combination has the weft color in it, I tend to like it better.  If you introduce a new color in the weft, it's almost too much, unless the new color is very similar to at least one of the other colors there.  Another thing I noted is if all the colors tend to go together anyway, then it always looks awesome! 

Take these 3 squares of blue, for example.  All 3 of these contain dark blue in the weft, but there is also a dark blue in the warp, too.


In the next example, the two diamonds on the right have both medium blue in the weft AND a med blue in the warp somewhere.  But the two diamonds on the left do not have a med blue in the warp.  Med blue was pulled out on those two and substituted for yellow.  It tends to look slightly muddier because of all the colors involved and also some of them are opposites.



All 4 of these diamonds contain both green in the warp and weft.  I love this spot!


 I also like the teal section overall.


Yellow and orange in general are not my most favorite sections overall, but some of the diamonds are kind of pretty anyway.  Look at the center where there are a lot of yellow and orange wefts:


 Close-up of some of the yellow an orange section... it doesn't work as well when the weft is different from all the warp colors:


This yellow and orange section works well because there is both yellow and orange in these weft combinations.  I love the two diamonds on the left, but the two on the right are also nice.


This dark section looks really good!  I think the dark weft works real well, but some light wefts were good, too!



And in this example, the light green weft is similar enough to other weft colors, so it tends to work well even though there is technically no light green in the warp combinations.  I like the 2nd from the right a lot.




And now we are DONE!!!!



Thursday, October 30, 2014

The final 2

I only had enough space for 2 more weft colors, so I choose pink and light green.  They were not part of the original color choices, so I was curious about what would happen.



They both look pretty neat!
 



Here is a picture from each side of this piece!  I can't wait to get started studying each section.   First, it must be washed and dried in the machines. 




haha!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teal and Plum

 Loved this section in the teal!  It was the section with blues, greens, and plum.



Loved the far left with the plum, although in that row there were a lot of good ones!  Liking anything in the left side seemed like such a rare thing though that I decided to record it!


After going through all the colors, my 2 yard warp was just long enough!  I might pull some other colors from the closet and rotate through them to get an idea what some other colors might look like.


The 2nd half... 
hopefully it washes up to be more square after it comes off the loom! I think the sett is just a hair tight, but if I drop down to a #8 reed, it will become too lose.  In this case, I need a #9 reed!


The orange kitty decided to join me!


David is teething!  He has two bottom teeth already, and he's working on the top two!  Because of this, he's chewing on everything now...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

My favoritest section by far

Of all the colors so far, this is my favorite combination, and this is my favorite section:


Here's some more closeups!




I don't like the other end as much... I can't wait to dissect it more and figure out the whys.



Here it is so far... it's going to be very pretty just on its own!


I love this picture of David!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Orange you glad...

Orange you glad this isn't the last color?
 



David is growing up so fast!  He's 6 months old now!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yellow

The sections of yellows that I like the best contain yellow in their warp colors... interesting. The ones that I like the very most also have greens in them, close to the same color family. 


I think I am starting to make some good observations here from this experiment!  It is really helping me see how all the colors interact.  In fact, I'm getting to a point where I can almost predict it... almost.

32 different squares to see... This is awesome!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Eat your greens

 Time for the green!




 I think this experiment in shades of blues and greens would be amazing!!!

 


Here's some up close looks at each of these squares.  It's hard to believe that all 24 squares are completely different. I'm noticing some color sections that go really well together and some that are just ok, but in the end it is always looking good.  I think this slightly tighter sett is a huge help.



There are definitely squares I like much more than others.. 



I'm leaning towards the right side of this warp as things I like.  But I wonder if I get into some of the "hotter" colors (like orange and yellow) if the left side will suddenly become more appealing because it contains more of those colors.



I've been straying a bit from weaving lately and back into electronics.  I'm sorry... they call to me!  I probably should have been doing something more productive today during David's nap time, but I made this instead... which was a lot more fun than doing laundry or dishes but so useless in the grand scheme of things.... but so enjoyable to do!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ooooh's and Ahhhh's

 Here is what it looks like through 2 color rotations.  Funny thing... the med blue isn't that great when you look at individual squares, however, it sure looks good as a whole... strange.  I'm still not quite understanding this color thing with echo weave, but I'm sure enjoying myself right now!



 3 blocks from the right, there is a major threading mistake that I'm just leaving for now.  It does kind of make it somewhat interesting...


This is my planned warp color rotation, from right to left.  I think it will look nice in this order!




And some more hiking pictures!  We've really been enjoying the hiking lately!