I have failed in my mission to get decent photos of the blue-gold saint sample, in spite of Stuart’s climbing up a ladder to suspend it against an empty bit of wall. Because of the effort involved, I feel obliged to show you one of the photos, even though it is far too dark.
Here is the whole (dark) sample, turned sideways for economy.
Since the photos didn’t come out well, I have been trying to scan it in instead. I tried a sequence of different shapes in the treadling, including some reflections and rotations and I also tried several different wefts in various shades of blue and in a variety of fibres and thicknesses. My favourite is the fine silk shown here:
This rather surprised me as I thought I would prefer a thicker weft, like this cotton:
The best part about scanning the cloth is that you can zoom right in. Here are close-ups of those two wefts, side by side for comparison (you can click to embiggen even further).
I’m not going to make up my mind immediately but the smoother finish of the fine silk is definitely current favourite. I also have my favourites from the different combinations of blue-against-blue layers that I tried, such as the bright blue against the violet blue in the inch or so to the left of the broad yellow band.
The tooty frooty scarf is also finished and my mind is already made up on that one: I don’t like it. This is mainly because of what happened in the finishing. I managed to shrink the scarf a little more than the sample and, against the reduced background, the floats got that bit more scrambled — and are also more dominant.
First, the scarf overall,
and then a close-up of those messy floats.
I know they are not really that offensive, it is just that they are not what I imagined after sampling. So it is all about my expectations not being realised and not about evaluating the cloth on its own merits. It needs to go and live in a drawer for a little while, I think, and then I will look at it again.
In related news, I have new yarns to play with and more are on their way. This is not helping me decide what step to take next! I need to plan more sampling for the other saints…