Initially, my hand looked pretty workable.
Structure - gamp
Yarn - silk
Design Element - To look ancient or faded (discarded)
Color - green
Color Relationship - Triad Complement (in my case purple and orange to go with the given color of green)
As the months went by, however, I struggled with a couple of the items. Silk and "to look ancient or faded" I really didn't want to use silk and then deliberately fade it with a chemical of some sort. And then, there was the question of not wanting to buy any more yarns for this project - so I added the constraint of using what was currently in my stash.
I toyed back and forth between using cotton and fading it with a discharge or dipping into my silk stash which I'm rather picky about saving for something special. Finally, when rummaging around in my silk box, I found several cones of some rough silk that I had purchased from Robin and Russ, many years ago. Frankly, it didn't look or feel much like silk. I had a cone each of a brownish purple, teal and a burnt orange . I needed green, so I wound off a good amount of the teal and overdyed it with yellow. The resulting green was a good solid bright color. The purple was kind of ucky, so I overdyed that as well and used all that was on the cone.
The next step was to create a gamp design. I wanted to make this a useable piece, so I put together an eight shaft point and advancing twill threading and then mirrored it. I played around with some tie ups and found one that showed off the design well and went with it.
|This is one half of the warp. To use this design, mirror the threading for the other half of the warp.|
The warping and weaving was fairly straight forward, although keeping track of first the threading and then the treadling required concentration. After I had done one repeat of the pattern, I thought that if I changed the tie up it would make it more gamp-like. So I used a total of three tie ups in the piece. And, no, I didn't use a dobby. I got under the loom and changed the tie ups! Each of the tie ups shows off the two color warp differently - a great learning experience in itself.
When I wet finished the runner, I used fairly warm water and soap to remove any of the lingering sericin in the silk. It was rinsed with a squirt of white vinegar to restore the pH to the fiber. I was being careful when I pressed it, but then found if I ironed with a little pressure, the silk became lustrous and softened nicely.
It was really a fun learning experience and a great one to do in weaving groups.