It doesn’t matter how much sketching, yarn wrapping and other experimentation I do, once I get to the loom I usually find that my ideas about weft need serious adjustment. It turns out that my ideas about mount board are in the same category.
Setting aside the issue of the pins for a moment, I ordered a frame for the first sampler — just the one frame for starters, until I could see how it turned out. The frame itself is ash and exactly what I wanted. In fact, I love it. But when I came to mock up the sampler-within-the-frame I wasn’t quite as happy.
I had imagined a plain white mount behind the sampler, with the half-formed idea that this would look good against a plain white wall. But the first three “shades of white” I tried made the natural colour of the merino wool look grubby. Oddly, to my limited understanding of these things, the most bleached and synthetic sort of white is the most effective. None of the bits in the assemblage are “nailed down”, so to speak, so it has to be flat on the table rather than up against that plain white wall, but this is more or less what it looks like:
Not quite convinced, I got out my collection of coloured foam sheets and started trying different colours under the sampler.
Magenta looked good, as did forest green, but I wanted to stick with neutrals. So I went along to the craft shop with sampler in tow and came back with two alternative boards. There’s the chocolate brown…
…and the gold (which looks more like a matt ochre in the photo, but it is honestly a shiny gold):
Trouble is, not only do I like both of these, but I’m warming up to the white mount as well. I think my original expectation of how it would look has started to wear off and I’m better able to see what is in front of me. But I have all these new decisions to make! For instance, am I going to mount all the samplers on the same colour board? I had assumed that I would, but now I’m not sure… The argument for is that I wouldn’t have to decide on a single colour for all — the argument against is that it would lead to four separate colour decisions!
If you’d like to pitch in with colour opinions, I’d be delighted. Or confused. Or maybe both? I’d love to hear your thoughts in any case.