Wednesday, February 26, 2014

sett and first samples

Struggling with my next warp sett. Still weaving the moiré effect but now with a 2 coloured warp. Same yarn as first warp. That warp was sett at 6 per cm. Did the same with this one but the weave structure is different, being waffle, so after having the warp ready for weaving I changed my mind and rethreaded to 8 per cm. After weaving I thought I did not like it, so unwove and rethreaded again at 6 per cm. But when weaving, I knew that the sett was wrong, so out it came again and I'm now ready again to start weaving at 8 per cm. Never before have I had this problem. May be waffle is just not the right weave structure for me. Still all part of the guild workshop, so I will finish weaving it. Not a very long warp! :-) This 2 coloured warp will weave waffle and twill that should show moiré effect.
I did make photos before unweaving, so I can see the difference.
 above - 6 threads per cm - below - 8 threads per cm
In the top photo the sett is clearly to wide, so no square weaving at all and the warp threads are not very visible. In the lower photo you can see the warp threads. The fun of having 2 warp colours means that when weaving the waffle (there are 8 different variations woven) the warp colours come up different. By weaving 1 waffle variation more than once this pattern will change again. I will play a bit now that I have rethreaded with 8 threads per cm.
And here the first woven sample weaving 8 variations (moving up a shaft each time) and back again. You can see the 2 colours in the warp coming up at different points.
Here each variation repeated 3x, so it is 3 times longer than the first sample.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

more moiré play

Still playtime with moiré with twills.
Both samples have the same twill lines. The red twill is the same twill line as the blue in the blue/green. And the green twill is the same twill line as the blue in red/blue.
And these are the view on top whilst weaving.
My warp is still not finished......

day trip Brussels

Yesterday I went on a day trip to Brussels.
I've only seen Brussels from the station, using Eurostar so it was nice to see a bit more of the city.
But this was not to see Brussels itself but going to a studio.
We visited Isabella de Borchgrave
This is part of the exhibition area.
Amazed that we were allowed to see where and how they work. It's a beautiful place where she lives and works and also can exhibit. She was originally a painter but discovered paper and is doing amazing things with all combined.
 One of the works on show
Here a detail of the above work, where you can see that it is made of carton, that has been painted.
This is a mock up that she made of her previous studio
She is famous for her paper dresses, these are exhibited at the moment in USA.
Next month there will be an exhibition of her work here in Breda, looking forward to going there.
Paper kimonos
and interesting corner with her pigments.

In the afternoon we went to an exhibition here.
Beautiful fascinating house with an interesting exhibition: The Silk Route in Blue.
Many artists from different parts of the world were brought here together.
I only discovered the last room, at the moment we had to leave to go back home again with this work by Betty de Paris
I will look out for her to see more of her work.
There was just to much to show all, but there was also one work by Isabella
This is taken from the first floor looking down in the main hall
Lovely art nouveau detail from the house itself
 This was a work by Arlette Vermeieren, made of paper and sweet wrappers
with here a detail
 This is a work by Alighiero Boetti, made with blue ballpoint pen on paper
and here a detail.

Worth while making the day trip

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

more moiré with twill

Oh, so difficult to photograph under the loom......
Will have to wait until I cut the warp to see it all, in full glory :-)
And here the view I have whilst weaving
There is enough warp left to play a bit more with this.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

moiré with twills

Still playing with the moiré weaving
This is what I see when weaving
and this is at the back.
Now the fun to try and make blocks again with the twill lines.

Saturday, February 01, 2014


earlier this week I had seen the crocuses in the garden but forgot to take a picture. today I remembered, before it was dark again.
good sign, to see more flowers in the garden; we had 1 night frost this week, feeling very lucky so far regarding winter weather
I could not get lower down to photograph as I'm suffering from muscle ache. that's what happens when you start exercising ;-)