Sunday, April 29, 2007

Big Commission--Chapter 3

When the end is in sight, it is always exciting!
If you can't figure out what the pink strings are doing and why they are there, you'll just have to ask. I don't mind explaining if necessary.
I'll have some better pictures, but I wanted to give you an idea of the direction the blanket is taking. Although these are only 2 of 7 panels, these 2 panels make up 40% of the blanket's area.
The second panel is the one on the right.

5 comments:

Syne Mitchell said...

Are the pink strings lacings because some of the warp chains were a titch short? Or are they there for some other reason?

Bonnie said...

I was hoping someone would ask. Since I wind the warp AFTER the yarn is ikat dyed, the design is created directly on the warping board one thread at a time. The pink carpet warp is used to extend each warp end to line up that particular pattern. Many people have thought I would have lots of waste yarn by creating my designs in this manner, but in many cases I actually save the valuable ikat. I will have more detailed pictures as I wind the 3rd panel.

Kaz [curiousweaver] said...

Your Ikats are wonderful, Bonnie. Ikat is my favourite of all weaving techniques. When I was in Indonesia a couple of years ago I was so inspired by this technique that I bought a double ikat from Tennganan. When I look at it now it reminds me just how much you can do with dyeing warps, and how I will never be able to replicate such masterful weaving and dyeing.
I always think that dyeing the warp in ikat ways before winding the warp would be too difficult to get patterning, but you have made it wonderfully...

Christine said...

See I thought they were short too!

Bonnie said...

Kaz, We should do a collaborative ikat. Curious?