Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Color Continues...

I'm still working with color studies and learning so much.  This week I set up a 10 epi x 8" wide warp with 12/9 cotton seine twine.  I'm using 20/2 worsted wool as weft, four strands.  I'm doing several color exercises on the same warp and separating them by a few passes of black.  I'm using triangle/diamond shapes throughout the whole set of studies with a small vertical band beside the main area in which the same colors are used in different ways.

Here are two areas of analogous studies, one from the warm side of the color wheel and the other from the cool side:

The next diamond/color study that's on the loom today is monochromatic (using red-violet in several value variations).   I'm adding this photo to the earlier post in reply to Ellen's question that came in the comment.  My work is usually done by building shapes.  Although sometimes I do work line by line, most of the time I usually prefer to build shapes.

Last week I did a length of pick and pick using several of the Itten systematic color arrangements, beginning with a complementary pair.  I used tints, tones, shades and intensity changes for the selected colors.  I chose red-violet as the dominant color and used a dark red-violet as one pick all the way through the piece.  The other areas were separated from each other by three picks of red-violet.  It's hard to see them as separate in the entire piece, but I can find them and isolate them by using a couple of pieces of paper on either side.

Red-violet is one of my favorite colors so it was a certain choice when I was selecting how to begin:

Wonder why I like red-violet?

And if my cell phone could take a selfie of itself you'd see it dressed in a red-violet Otter case!


  1. Hi Tommye,
    A beginner's question - with your diamonds, did you go shape by shape or line by line? And if I had a good eye for it, would I be able to tell without asking?

  2. Ellen,
    I'm putting up another photo in the blog post to answer your question... which is, I build the shapes rather than going line by line.

    Would you be able to tell which way it was done when seeing the finished thing? I don't think so as the turns are small slits and not interlocked. If there were interlocks, then you'd presume the weaving was done line by line.

    Good questions! Thanks for taking a look and for asking.