Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tree Trunks Twill

Concept
In May 2008 my wife and I visited the National Gallery of Australia to see the exhibition Turner to Monet. It was absolutely brilliant and I wished we could have stayed longer. I was very taken with "Tree trunks in the grass" by Van Gogh and I saw lots
of complex twills within the painting. When we got home I assembled some of my cones of wool that were as close as I could get to the colours of the painting and came up with a design for a striped twill scarf.

Details
Straight Twill, 3/1 tie up, straight lift
LeClerc Initiation 4S
Warp & Weft, Bendigo 2 ply (2927 yds/lb)
Warp colours, Mulga, Pampas, Guava, Sequoia, Moss
Weft colour, Seaquest
Sett 18epi
Width 12", 216 ends
Warp length 240""
PPI 16
Final width 11.5"
Final length (excl. fringes) 70"

Results
Well, I am going to have to try again to get a match with Vincent's colours but no matter as his picture sparked an idea. I wove the second scarf with a herringbone lift but to my shame I have yet to twist the fringe and wash it. It is currently masquerading as a wall hanging in the dining room.

There were quite a few first in the weaving of these scarves;
  1. Taking the reed out of the beater and supporting it horizontally for sleying.
  2. Using an end feed shuttle
  3. Using a roll of paper to measure woven length
  4. Cutting off the first item and then re attaching the warp for the second item
  5. A home made friction brake




1 comment:

  1. I think it's great that you jumped right in and tried a bunch of new techniques. I love the colours that you chose and can really see the how you came up with them.

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