Friday, June 15, 2007

My Indigo Friend

I'm planning a small tapestry for my baby Shannock which needs to be done by October. Plenty of time. It has more detail than my previous pieces so I am contemplating a sett of 12 epi.

Normally I have been using 8 and sometimes 10 epi. The Kiss was done at 10 epi with 30/18 cotton seine and four strands of my dyed silk as weft.

Checking the 'literature' and the 'knowers of all tapestry knowledge' it seems a 30/18 is too thick for a 12 epi and may cause ridges or the edges may push out. Seems 12/6 is the consensus pick for my warp so I have order some from Weaving Southwest. They were quite nice on the phone, and said they would hopefully have it packed before the UPS guy showed up in the afternoon.

Since I have an empty loom I figured why not try a small piece with the 30/18 and a 12 sett and see how it comes out.

Last night I played around with photoshop and came up with a design which makes me happy and I warped up my loom this morning. This afternoon I started weaving. I am using double strands of weft.

I am actually using the silk I dyed in the indigo dye workshop I took last weekend plus a few other blues that I have. I only have a bit of the indigo yarn and as my Mother used to say...'better use it up'.

I have about an inch done...I think I will need to have about three or four inches done before I can opine on how well it's really working.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are speedy, ordering before I even looked it up! Unicorn in Petaluma has the 12/6 also - just so you know.