This is the scarf completed in the second week of class at Penland. The warp is 100% silk, hand dyed in three separate warp chains. The weft is about 1/3 hand dyed silk, with the remaining 2/3's being 20/2's merc. cotton. The threading is a 2 block 8 harness twill. The treadling and weft order were serendipitous. Much of the time I had 3 shuttles going.
It was a jam packed two weeks with very little sleep. Yoga was available every morning at 7 with breakfast at 8. From there it was to the studio to prepare warps, weave samples, dye, discharge dye, wind bobbins, and so on.
Lecture/discussion most days from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Then again from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. These consisted mostly of a textile related reading and "fabric du jour".
Weaving until dinner. Weaving after dinner. Sometimes weaving past midnight. Gallery openings, studio open houses, show & tell, nightly slide shows, a Japanese fiber movie, a baby shower, and a fashion show collaboration with the milliners upstairs: this is a short list of the other activities.
What did I learn? Here's a list:
- Linear can be good, but it's better if you know how to 'color' outside the lines.
- Color never shuts up....it talks to other colors: the ones beside it and the ones clear on the other end of the piece. It talks to the viewer...it will go on and on and on.... Until you turn out the lights. And even then, it dances behind your eyelids.
- Flat fabric is over rated.
- Most of the weaving problems I've been taught to avoid can become successful design elements.
- Start simple and let the fibers lead the way.
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