thinking linear

I have been thinking about old maps. Specifically, the kind of linear map which presents a single route from A to B and the important features along the way. We have an old map of that kind, but it is framed and behind glass — my attempt to photograph it was not a success. The linear map thoughts go with my double weave thoughts, and the combination makes me all buzzy with excitement.

Especially given the way that these turned out:

dw twill samples

That’s also a pretty poor photo, but there was a distinct and depressing lack of daylight today. There are several things here which make me very happy, but at the moment I am focused on the middly bit where there are four ‘units’ which gradually change face and then snap back to the beginning again. This bit (with apologies for the horrible blurriness):

dw regular units

While I play around with these ideas, I thought I would warp up for more samples of a related-but-different kind. So I went ahead and made a complete muddle of it. That’s three warps I have wound on the mill so far and each one has introduced me to new mistakes! This time I managed to get the colours in exactly the places I didn’t want them: quite an impressive feat, I think. I am sure this is tremendously good for me, and that I’ll eventually — if only by accident — get to a warp without mistakes, but I am wishing for this sooner rather than later. So I haven’t decided yet whether to go with the draft I had originally planned, or whether I should adjust it to try and reclaim some of my intention…Could go either way, so I am postponing the decision until tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who has posted here already — the draw is open until the end of the week, as I am sure I’m not the only person who takes a few days to catch up with their blog-reading.

thinking linear” was posted by Cally on 2 Dec 2013 at

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6 Responses

  1. Christina Chisholm
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    Hi Cally

    Anne Field used to say that she learnt more from making mistakes than anything else – so go ahead and make them, and learn – we all do it, all the time! Most of my (weaving) mistakes are sett ones and always too close rather than the reverse…..because I like to make ‘samples with a purpose’. So I’m perfecting the art of making small bags & purses out of stiff scarves!

  2. Jane Deane
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    She certainly did say that and she certainly was right!
    These samples are stunning, Cally, and I’m not surprised you are excited and raring to go! Look forward to the developments….

  3. Alice in Richmond
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    Well, I like it but I have no idea how you accomplished it. As usual.

  4. Sandra Rude
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    I wholeheartedly agree with Ann re mistakes. If everything goes swimmingly, you don’t have any learning opportunities.

  5. Meg
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    Ooooh, show us your next warp! Pronto!!

  6. Leigh
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    Cally, hi! Do you remember me from the Online Guild? It’s been ages, so probably not. Don’t think me too weird, however, that I’m telling the world about my new homesteading book, 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Supporting Homestead. Blame my excitement, LOL. You can see it at my blog, or here. 🙂

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