Color Work – Magical Mosaic Continued
Now that I have got a pattern that I like, I can employ a variety of beads and fibers to create all kinds of variations. Here I wanted to work with 2 colors of tile beads and no stud/ pyramids. With texture, placement and size relationships set, I can bring all my focus to the interplay of color. While a spool of hemp and strands of beads may look great together in my hand, this does not guarantee a pleasing look on the loom. Using the Big Sister loom, I was able to set up 2 contrasting samplers to work out the color for my Spring Blossom (pink and green) color way – seen in final form above.
I was wondering whether the dark magenta cord would overpower the beads. So, I also chose a more neutral sage colored cord. I love the peacock coated tiles and tried to work it with another green. However, I felt that the all-green middle looked odd and so I played with adding pink. In the end I chose elements from all my trials and re-warped the loom with the magenta hemp.
Take-home message is: It is possible to integrate and balance a bold warp by using some bold colored beads. In this case, having metallic pink Delicas and the bold greens made it work.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on finishing with hemp cords…
Peace, Weaves, and Beads,
Julia L. Hecht
Poppyfield Bead Company