Weaving gradation samples
Over the past month I’ve been weaving gradation samples to determine what my next bigger piece will be. I made several using naturally dyed colours but right now I’m really drawn to the simple white-to-grey pallette, which is what I’m sharing about today. In this grouping of samples I made one plain gradation sample, one gradation with pick’n’pick throughout from edge-to-edge, and one gradation with pick’n’pick in a blob shape in the center (and fringe – because I can’t help but think of my samples as mini pieces).
Something I noticed is that I am better at blending the gradation on my smaller peices. So, for future peices I have to really be on myself to blend better. I’ve also discovered that for me it is important that my sections of colour are more or less the same size. In the second picture above the middle grey section is noticiably smaller than the other two and it drives me crazy (although it would help if they were just blended better). Funnily enough, while I wove it I wasn’t thinking about those proportions at all and didn’t even notice the difference between them until I looked at it from a distance.
As for my choice to work with pick’n’pick – it has taken me a while to come around to the idea that it is perfectly okay for me to love plain lines. My favourite design teacher Eleanor Hannan used to ‘oooo’ and ‘ahh’ over simple lines in design, and I remember being excited to be given permission to approach design in such a minimal and simple way. I’ve always been drawn to consecutive lines and over the years I’ve experimented with different line-making techniques like arashi shibori to create indigo lines on fabric, and making line rubbings of objects as drawings. So, using pick’n’pick in tapestry weaving to make vertical lines is a pretty natural progression for me – almost predicable.
I’m about 10 inches into a 19″ piece with pick’n’pick from edge to edge. It may get a long fringe as well. Below is a recent video of me weaving it with out-of-control long butterflies, haha.