Last week was the week of the endless warp. I was hoping to bring you tales of a new warp and new experiments, but I never seemed to get there. Finally, on Friday I managed to beam this…
…and I’ll be threading it tomorrow. The plan is to weave some lace, but of course my design ideas have outstripped the technology as usual, and I’ve been devising some workarounds. Yet to be tested workarounds. I love that stage — the stage just before one has conclusively demonstrated that one’s ideas Simply Won’t Work so there is still hope! More on this to follow, unless I am too busy weeping into my tea.
I’ve been learning new tricks in Photoshop and have tarted up the photos on Seek & Adore so that the backgrounds are now dazzling white. I am amazed that one can do this while maintaining the colour of the non-white objects in the picture (and without faffing around with that dreadful lasso whatsit which is useless when your non-white objects have fringes). Anyway, for an extensive selection of photographic tips and tricks, including keeping your backgrounds starkly white, I heartily recommend Tabletop Studio, which I intend to explore more fully as we progress this photography lark. Having said that, I am really not keen on the whiter-than-white look, although I know it is the accepted norm. In print it is OK, but backlit on a screen I find it quite aggressive on the eye.
In other learnings, I have found that using the fine yarns I bought in October has caused me gradually to adapt my warp-beaming process and I think I am reaching a system that I’m happy with. I’m plotting a trapeze, but at the moment have improvised, as you do, with a freestanding wardrobe rail:
The rail is an old and rather shoggly item, and I was concerned that one crank of the warp beam might pull the whole thing down, but we all stayed upright throughout. In addition to their complicated journey around the loom and the rail these yarns need only the lightest of weights to keep a sufficient tension. I have been adding one S-hook to each bout and leaving it at that. One of these days I shall try and make up a list of the things I am doing a bit differently — and take some process photos too. Promises, promises.