The warp is bamboo, Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread. Which by the way, takes fiber reactive dye very well. The weft is a Web's 20/2's silk in Orient Blue (purchase on sale). The sett was 18 epi. The weave structure is two block 8 shaft false damask (or twill damask).
Here's the obligatory "on my back fence" shot:
On loom the width of the web was 14.25" and the length was 72" (excluding fringe).
Off loom width was 13 7/8" and 70" length. Finished dimensions: 11 3/8" x 68".
There are 5 warp chains in the piece: 3 painted warps and 2 narrower chains vat dyed in apple green. I wanted something that was plaid-like, but not so structured. So I "unvented" this little design tool to give me a rhythmic sort of plaid look:
Knowing the value of using the fibonacci sequence in designing stripes, why not use that concept for weaving blocks? So I took a dollar store 6 sided die and wrote an 8 on the 4 side and a 13 on the 6 side. That way the six sided die had the first 6 fibonacci numbers on it: 1,2,3,5,8,13. I decided on the size of the 1's unit based on a threading unit of the draft (16 threads = 16 picks), then I would roll the die and weave the number of units in block A. The next roll of the die would be woven for that number of units in block B. I'm really happy with the results.
And it looks good with my new jacket:
What would I do differently? Well, maybe I should have used some of the blue weft threads in the fringe to tone them down a little bit and help them coordinate with the fabric.
Since the Sara Lamb workshop, I'm on a roll. Here's the next painted warp and accompanying threads:The painted warp is a silk/cotton mill end. The accompanying yarns are rayon. I'm going to tackle designing this in the reed and threading front to back. So it may be awhile before you see this actually on the loom.
Well that, and I have another deadline project to weave in the next few weeks.