Grey Matters

I have been absent from the blog, but I had a very busy year, mostly teaching and making samples for teaching, and being involved with guild activities.  Here is my latest weaving that I wove just for fun.

At the ANWG conference in Victoria this summer I purchased the Right Brain Gray Matter kit from Lunatic Fringe.  The kit contained 50 gms each of 10/2 mercerized cotton in seven shades from black to white.

I made a warp 4 yards long with this colour order. The warp is purposely asymmetrical.

grey matters colour order

Materials used:      

Warp:             2/10 Mercerized cotton in seven shades ranging from Black to White.  50 gms each

Weft:               same as above plus 2/8 cotton in dark gray.

Measure Warp: 20.7 inches wide in reed, 20 e.p.i., 4 yards long (416 ends total)

Sett:  20 ends per inch    Sley: 2 end per dent in a 10 dent reed

# of warp ends: 416

Picks per inch: 20 p.p.i.

Plain weave threading and treadling:

From the amount of threads available in the kit I was able to weave one napkin 19” by 19”.  I love the optical effect and movement of the greys.

And one tea towel 19” by 30”.  When I squint at it, it makes me think of an x-ray, the way the light catches the shades of grey.

By now, I had used up most of the 2/10 grey colours.  I cut the first two pieces off the loom and re-sleyed the warp to 30 ends per inch.  This I wove with 2.8 cotton in dark grey for a table runner 15” wide by 30” long.  This warp dominant piece with the same weft throughout is much tamer than the other two pieces.  All in all a great joy to weave.

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2 Responses to Grey Matters

  1. KerryCan says:

    Fabulous! And an excellent reminder that plain weave can be anything but plain!

  2. Nadia Lewis says:

    Love the grey-dient! 😉 It glows! 💫

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