Feb 10th 2018; Talk from Janet Phillips on 'Criteria for design in weaving'
Janet gave us a very informative talk on the Criteria for design in weaving (followed by a workshop the next day entitled 'summer and winter'). After asking for ideas from the audience (see list in the photo below.....we got top marks!) Janet went on the discuss the use of a colour; Suggestions as to choice of colour included using 'card winds' to see how colours work together and twisting different coloured threads. The use of a picture for inspiration (see photo) alongside using close / opposite colours from the colour wheel aids the process; but remember that too many colours will give a sludgy brown!. The structure of the weave will effect the overall colour effect; some will 'kill' colour, some will enhance (so what effect do you want??) The yarn; The texture / quality of the yarn used will effect the weave; pattern can arise from the yarn rather than colour. 'Set' samples are required to understand the handle and drape for the resultant cloth; consider warp and weft spacing. Finish; Be aware of 'wash shrinkage'; felting may be wanted for effect but may not be! Brushing the dried fabric may be wanted. Main lesson learnt; sample, sample, sample!! (as with photo below).