Wandering at the Shadows' Edge

exploring potential and possibility

Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Small Weavings in the Shadows

Patterns and Sizes

My current explorations are in the area of inkle weaving.  I’ve been playing with patterns and thread sizes.

Black, yellow and white simple lines

simple alternating lines

Blues and white

bars, lacking contrast

3 sizes

same pattern, different colors and threads

I’m finding that the size 10 cotton crochet thread works up the quickest. It doesn’t snag on the heddles or pill and get fuzzy. The size 20 crochet thread might work up just as fast if my heddles were made of it rather than the size 10.

The size 10 crochet thread also seems to have given the cleanest version of the pattern, though that might be as much from the color choices as the thread size.

Heddle Variations

black and gray alternate heddles

non-standard heddle pattern, black warp, gray weft

The most recently completed piece of inkle weaving was an experiment with which warp threads I heddled.  In some spots I heddled two in a row and then left two alone.  The result was a sort of speckled pattern where the weft showed through where the heddles didn’t alternate as usual.  I’m wondering what kind of patterns I can come up with by coordinating various colors of warp and weft with heddle patterns.


Shadow Wanderings

It’s not easy to decide where to start my mapping of the shadows’ edge.  Do I begin by mapping out where I’ve been in the past – or at least what I can remember of it? Or do I begin by mapping the area I’m currently exploring?

My wanderings include writing, fiber arts such as crochet and embroidery, paper arts (calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding), cooking, a little bit of web coding, jewelry making and beadwork, podcasting and editing audio and video, clothes making, and explorations into brewing beer and cordials, and homemade lip balms and such.  And so, you begin to see the size of the problem!

I’ve explored a lot of different areas – and I’ll be returning, at least briefly, to most of them in the future.  So perhaps I should begin with where I am now?  At least most of my current explorations have been in the same general area – if perhaps observing different applications.

I think its time to stick that “You are Here” pin into the map.  So, here’s where I am now – let’s see where my wanderings lead me going forward!


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