Friday, April 27, 2018

Midnight, in Clear Light.

Its difficult to photograph Midnight in broad daylight.   I'll just have to add that the colours in these scarves are deeper and richer than they show here.  In reality they are very jewel like and the pictures don't do them true justice.

 The loom was threaded for a 12 shaft point twill and when treadled as a run from treadle one to twelve  and back again, you get this nifty diamond pattern that reminds me somewhat of bird's eye twill (which everyone loves). This just has more complexity to it.

 The drape at 24 epi is just lovely and tencel has such a lovely sheen to it.   The centre portion is the painted warp from Iridescent Fibers (208 ends and 7.5 yards long). They make bright handprinted warps for the weavers at Loominaria.

 Now as I said, the colours are richer than they appear here in the sunlight..... and I took one indoors today and will post it next. Its of the same portion of scarf on Judy:

That's a better representation of the depth of colours .... and as you can see the colour shifts are beautifully done.  The edge sections were my choice from the stash to frame the warp.

outdoors above.... and indoors below.....

For the second scarf I tried auditioning several different colours but nothing really called to me.  The eggplant was dark enough to pick out the pattern  but somehow it was all muted down. Its different and lovely all by itself.

It had a unifying effect. I also changed the treadling to this twill progression that resembles feathers to me.  I had to be more attentive to where I was so no zoning out ! (also no phone calls, and no conversations etc).  Both scarves measure nine inches by seventy four inches.   When hand washed only a slight trace of dye came out so dyer Carrie really rinses well!

I also really enjoyed weaving them. It was fun to watch the colours shift from one to another.   I put another painted warp on after these and have checked to see which others I plan to buy next. Midnight is one for sure!

Here are some spring time shots of our back yard as of yesterday:

There was barely any buds on the chestnut tree last weekend and it has exploded in our current week of sunshine. There have been several visitors to the nest box which was dutifully cleaned and ready for new occupants.  By the time all the leaves have come in, the nest box is barely visible. The flowers on this chestnut are bright pink.

The two garden sheds fared better this past winter with new shingles! You can see the golf course beyond the pond. We are mid way on a 541 yard fairway.  They are still beavering away at the new course design and just seeded the greens with a special bent grass seed and filled the bunkers with new clean sand.  They plan to open the new driving range in July and the course in August.  That will have been almost two years of no golfers and carts on the course. Its been like our private back yard extension, except for all the trucks, back hoes, tree planting, hydroseeding, irrigations lines being laid etc etc

Here we have a hawthorn tree and beyond is an ornamental cherry.

 The neighbours magnolia is lovely and reminds me of our old one at the last house.   You will have noticed the interesting fence panel.... or lack there of!  We had some wicked wind storms and this panel blew down and spread parts all over the back lawn.   Bruce had to rig a way of supporting the fence and keeping Calli on this side.  She loves it... she sticks her big head through and watches them gardening.    Calli just turned 8 years old.   I bet some of you can recall when we first got her.....

Please bear in mind that Bruce has his surgery May 3rd so it will be a busy time for a while here. I will drop you a post to let you know how he's doing though....


Theresa said...

I remember Calli's arrival and what an adorable youngster she was. And I remember Connor too.
Your yard is beautiful. I'm surprised that your neighbor has a magnolia. I didn't realize they were hardy to Canadian cold! Maybe I should try one this year. They are such stunning trees. The Cedar waxwings love Hawthornes here.
Good luck Bruce! We'll all be thinking of you.

Lynnette said...

Such beautiful scarves Susan. I hope I get to see them in 'real life' before they are sold as they will certainly be snapped up by some lucky person.

Hildred said...

Gorgeous scarves, Susan - an inspiration!