Here's a repost (with a little added detail) for all of my
Rigid Heddle friends. The perfect best friend (or baby) blanket.
For those of you who visit the shop (or my facebook page,or instagram, or twitter .... :) you may recognize wee little Dorothy.
woven on: 32" Ashford Rigid Heddle loom
finished Size: 29" x 40"
reed size: 5 dpi
warp yarn :
1 skein (100g) sturdy worsted weight yarn,
... I used Briggs and Little Heritage Wool, natural
1 skein (125g) super bulky, textured yarn,
... I used Heidi's by Hand bulky Mohair locks, natural
which measures 4 wpi (wraps per inch).
200g super bulky textured yarn,
... I used Heidi's by hand Super bulky handspun, natural
which measures 3 wpi (wraps per inch)
warp length: dress the loom with 75" warp length
warp width: dress the loom using a full 32" width
pattern: make up using a simple, single heddle, plain weave
finishing: cut fringes at 2" length (or longer if desired)
*For (human) babies consider finishing all four edges with a satin or crushed cotton binding rather than leaving a fringe.
.... give to one of your best friends to cuddle up in.
We talk about colour ALOT over on Rug Hooking Daily, an online community for rug making artists. Colour choice, it's placement and relationships are an obvious, shall I say, obsession for any textile maker.
But colour is fun right? It's one of the joyful reasons that we do what we do.
So why do we often feel thwarted when it comes to making colour decisions?
Well, because our projects matter, of course. Our next piece of rug hooking, weaving, knitting, felting, or quilting work will require hours of our time, heaps of our energy and a little something from our pocketbook as well. Of course we want to get it right. Because we care, and it matters.
If you find yourself feeling a little stuck when it comes to using colour here are some resources, games and exercises that may lend support ...
1. COLOR ME CURIOUS at colorpod.com is a quick link to get your colour- choosing juices flowing. Click through hundreds of user-generated palettes within monochromatic, complementary, analogous, warm, cool and neutral categories. Think of this site as the ultimate colour flash card game. Bookmark, pin and share your favourite palettes for future reference.
2. ADOBE COLOR CC takes your planning one step further. This is an interactive tool that lets you build your own colour palette based on the basic rules of colour theory. Select a colour on the wheel, drag to adjust tints and tones, then explore your selection with respect to monochromatic, analogous, triad, complimentary, compound and shaded colourways.
3. Things get really exciting with PALETTE GENERATOR where you are invited to upload your own image to produce a palette of 2 - 10 colours. Your favourite photos will form potential palettes for any number of unrelated works, or use the generator to provide a visual key for images that you'd like to reproduce.