Winding the clock back a couple of weeks… I reckoned that I deserved a nice new scarf to wear to the Unite preview, so I quickly set up a warp to go with one of my favourite jackets — a stripy linen number in shades of purple and pink with a hint of olive green here and there. The warp was a combination of a light lavenderish purple and a deep warm pink, and for weft I chose a gold silk with a bit of a greenish tinge. I did it in a bit of a hurry, but loved the colours on the loom and was really pleased with the result. In this picture the scarf is crumpled up a bit to try and catch the light on the silk weft.
The pattern is a series of big networked curves which were improvised at the loom. There was enough warp for another scarf, and I had planned to use a different weft and a different liftplan. However, I really really liked the gold and couldn’t get to the point of accepting another colour — a bit weird for me as my boredom threshhold is exceptionally low and I am usually more than ready for a change. But I had started thinking of this combination as my sunset colours and I wanted to wallow in them a bit more.
Re-threading seemed like too much work, but I didn’t want to repeat the big curves: that would definitely be hazardous to my boredom threshhold, so I modified the tie-up and decided to weave blocks instead. They look like this…
…and remind me of the tower block just down the road.
You may not think of tower blocks when you see pink and gold, but we do. There is a block of flats just a few hundred yards from our house which at some point has had its exterior clad in pink and cream. Notwithstanding this unusual colour choice, it is a fairly unexceptional building until the sun goes down. But when the setting sun catches the windows of this pink tower block the whole thing blazes into life, and we love it. In winter we can see it easily from our kitchen window — now that spring has sprung it is disappearing in the foliage — but here is a glimpse through the trees from yesterday evening.
At such moments we are always grateful to whoever it was who got that idea past the city planners. It also reminds me that I have been spending a lot of time experimenting with structure and texture lately and less time thinking about colour.