The Warp & Weave weaving color mixing tool allows you to simulate the cloth that results from mixing two colors in warp and weft. You can pick colors manually or from an uploaded image – or simply snap a photo with your smartphone or tablet! – and instantly see how the colors will weave up in four common weave structures (plain weave, 1/3, 2/2, and 3/1 twill). You can see the results in fine, medium, or thick threads.
Struggling to figure out weft colors for a painted warp? Here’s one way to preserve your painted warp colors: Choose a weft color that is less saturated than the colors in your painted warp.
Weaving is like painting in some ways. Your warp and weft colors are like tubes of paint, giving you basic colors to start with. Your draft is like your palette and brush, where you take your original paint colors, mix them into new colors, and then place them in your fabric.
Often, when we think about color in weaving, we think only about the colors of the yarns we choose. But this is like thinking only about the colors in your paint tubes. We also need to think about how the drafts will mix the colors.
I was interviewed recently by Felicia Lo, the very talented founder/owner of SweetGeorgia Yarns, for her podcast The SweetGeorgia Show. I’m pleased to say that the podcast went live yesterday! You can listen to it on Spotify, iTunes, or on the SweetGeorgia website. Just search for The SweetGeorgia Show, podcast #81.
When you’re designing a painted warp, what color weft should you pick and what draft should you use? It depends on your design goals.
This blog post explains the two types of decisions that need to be made when designing cloth with a painted warp, and provides some suggestions how to handle each. This is the first post in a series about painted warps.
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