Bergdala Spinnhus

Solid coloured?

It was a long time since I had a solid colured warp on my loom - if solid coloured means that all ends have the same colour number. They can be all red, or grey - but not the same red (or grey).

There are several reasons for that: one is tht I am lazy... It is faster to wind a warp with several ends, and it is faster to take out all red yarns than to try to find just ONE red. (Not to mention that one does not have to mark all cones, spools and quills that are going back into the cupboard...)

Another advantage is that the web/product becomes "better" with several colours/nuances. Something happens to the surface, it gets depth; the eye gets something to discover.

But (someone is always asking): then it gets striped? Well, that obviously is true. But is it the stripeyness that gets to be the most important feature? The answer is, as always, in the eye of the beholder.
Left picture: detail from a "bubbly" neck warmer.
Right picture: the same neck warmer seen from a distance.
detail of striped fabric
same fabric from a distance
detail of striped fabric
same fabric from a distance
detail of the jacket
Above: a thin cotton fabric (18 ends per cm), warp has three different blue colous, ecru cotton (solid colur!) for weft. While the "stripes" are clearly visible, they are not (not to me, anyway) the dominant feature...

Detail of a "solid coloured" >V-shawl.
The idea was that it should look solid-coloured, but I wanted depth in the solid colour. With two close nuances, used crosswise in warps and wefts, the two nuances are not easily seen except for the fringes.
V-shawl, detail
Some cotton spools that, together with a couple of dark brown and moss green wool yarns, might be the making of a "stone wall in Småland".
To the right: ready, posing on a stone wall...
grey-green yarns
shawls ready
Morse-code shawl, detail
shawl with coins, detail
Even black becomes different if combined from various makes and grists. Then add some dark blue...

Using a system (planned beforehand) it is easy to make gradations from one colur to a totally different one.
Here are two examples - the left constructed in weaving software, the right one is a photo of a triptych I called "The Flame".
gradation, photo
My favourite system for colour transitions is described here - serial weaving - once written for Complex Weavers.

Ideas get better by sharing - here's hoping I can inspire someone with mine!

   © Kerstin Fröberg 2009, translated 2015