My colour choices to supplement my stash this year are browns, greens, spicy reds, oranges, golds and yellows. I ordered my cotton and silk stash boosters in January, before things slowed down, and I will be working from these as well as pre-existing stash as I move through my weaving projects this year.
My colour choices have meaning to me, and this is how I see it:
Deep, Dark, Rich Browns are positive, earthy, rich, delicious, robust and appetizing, and symbolize stability and security.
Greens are positive, calm, quiet, soothing, natural, lightweight and symbolize healing, refreshment, and new beginnings.
Reds and Oranges bring passion, excitement, energy, creativity and adventure.
Yellows and golds bring sunshine, optimism, happiness and hope.
These colours will be visible in my new work, and some old colour favourites will find their way in as well as I work through my stash.
This set of towels I am calling Chocolate Mint. Our local chocolatier, “Purdy’s” sells delicious chocolate layer mints, which inspired these towels. Made with 2/8 cotton, in dark brown and seaton green.
Threaded in straight draw twill, I made a sample, 4 towels and a long shawl on a six-yard warp.
The four towels incorporated some of the teaching from Jane Stafford’s Season 4, Episode 1, working with a straight draw twill. Towel one, woven straight draw throughout, following the colour order of the warp.
Towel 2, graphically, overall stripes.
On the third towel, I played with variations of the twill, reversing the twill diagonal, and adding some colour and weave effects.
And the fourth towel was woven as basket weave.
The last piece on this warp became a beautiful, drapey shawl, with the use of 2/20 silk in the weft. I used three shades of green, as well as chocolate brown and added a touch of bright pink dragon fruit to highlight. It brings me joy.