Sometimes when I create new designs for weaving, I am not 100% sure of how it will actually translate to the woven cloth. Even though I use weaving software to design using approximate colours, at times there are variables that you might not be able to account for.
Not so with this design as between the use of colour and the weaving draft (pattern), these towels turned out EXACTLY how I envisioned they would!
This is a limited edition of 6 towels for this Spring, not be repeated until Spring 2022 and as of today’s date, 5 of the 6 are sold and I may just keep the last one for myself as a memento as they truly were a joy to weave.
But if someone really would like to purchase the last one, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to relinquish the remaining towel (centre-front in the basket) to a new kitchen hangout.
Now onto the next project, which is designing a rug with some sturdy wool yarns I have been spinning and dyeing over the winter. I have an idea in my head that just needs to be translated to paper, weaving software and ultimately, onto one of the looms.
Go look out the window, yup, right out the back door you will find my little herb garden patch, and in it, Spring bulbs poking their sunny, bright faces out of the soil after a long winters sleep.
Spring is my favourite time of year as all the new growth “springs forth” and finally dissolves the bland whites, greys and browns from winter. I grabbed my camera and took loads of photos of the little clumps of green, purple and yellow flowers, and afterwards, while looking at them on my laptop screen, an idea formed on how to best utilize this floral inspiration into my weaving.
I set to work matching colours of cotton yarn I have on hand with the colours in the photo using one of my favourite designs from the book: A Weavers Book of 8 Shaft Patterns by Carol Strickler, which is a highly sought after and must have in almost every weavers personal library, and this is what I came up with.
I just love this draft for its ability to transform colours into intricate designs. This project will be woven into a limited run of 6 tea towels that will pay homage to Spring. If anyone is interested in purchasing one or two of these, feel free to email me at: email@example.com.
Meanwhile, get outside and admire all those bright, cheery flowers! They deserve soome adoration after a long, cold winter!