I’ve tried two wefts on the pink-and-orange warp. One is a black, which makes the warp colours lovely and rich. The yarn — a silk I’ve had for ages and whose technical specification is now, alas, lost — is a bit finer than I had planned for the current sett, but that is not a difficult adjustment. The other is the turquoise I mentioned, and that has really turned out fun. I wasn’t sure whether orange and turquoise would be sufficiently complementary to give me iridescence, but they work brilliantly together — or perhaps “against each other” would be more accurate.
Then I tried to take some photos, but that’s a thankless business. Iridescence is all about movement — movement of the cloth, movement of the viewer — so that the colours are seen from different angles and each one leaps out unexpectedly as warp or weft comes to the fore. Seen flat, the two complementaries just flatten each other out. So after this…
…I tried putting bumps in the cloth like this.
That’s a slight improvement, but very slight. So, committed as I am to sharing my bumbling creative processes with you, my dearly beloved readers, I decided to try and make a video. That’ll capture movement, right? Well, not when I do it. And, as I am a complete numpty at this, it is also totally out of focus.
Want to see it anyway? Of course you do. In fact, I have two videos. The one I took sensibly against a blank bit of wall, which unfortunately puts me between the light and cloth…
…and the one I took in bright sunlight with an enormous shadow of the camera over everything (and an enormous shadow of me over the cats, who were not pleased about the interruption to their sunbathing).
And I really should have moved that chair. Ah well. This is all before wet finishing, so no doubt there will be more hullaballoo after.