Monday, October 29, 2007

Another Beginning

A beginning is the time

for taking the most delicate care

that the balances are correct.

- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

I began weaving my Regatta piece for the Convergence yardage exhibit today. I need to have it done by the end of the year so I can get slides made and sent off in mid-January. It's designed to be a 12 feet long maze woven with sewing thread so it is time I get started.

I had played around with colors, fixing my tension and tweaking my design for a week or so and today was the day to start. While working the hem, I determined I will need nine passes to make the rows and columns in the maze design to be approximately equal. Fortunately this is not a 3-D piece so approximately is all I will need.

There will be 2-3 inches of solid color at the bottom of the piece before the design appears. I have about one inch woven. Everything below the light blue stripes is the hem. As you can see in the photo, I got a weird wavy pattern in the weaving.

It only appears on one side of the piece. The other half of the yardage is straight, uniformly blue and clean. I must admit I played a bit in my photo editor so the photo would really highlight the worm like structure. It's not quite as bad as it looks in the photo. I figure it must have something to do with the tension since once I tightened up the pattern warps, it largely disappeared.

It always seems so difficult at the beginning of these pieces to get everything in balance... to get the warp tension right, the shuttles working properly, the right shades of color selected...but once six to eight inches are done...the piece really flies.

I should be flying later this week...

1 comment:

Peg in South Carolina said...

You are so right about all the things that need to be tested out in those first 6 inches or so. I always think, hey I can just start weave. Nope. So I've learned to allow time to "practice" at the beginning of a warp.