Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tapestry progress...


I have reached the half-way point in the "May" tapestry. As I reached this point, I looked ahead and saw that I will soon be needing a great deal of this color (below), plus some tonal variations of it for the sky area.


So far, this tapestry has been created from the yarn palette (weaver's may read 'stash') on my shelves. So I went to the yarn bins to find this color. I searched the 'blues' bin, to no avail. I searched the 'purples' bin; also, no luck. Panicking, I grabbed the 'greys/neutrals' bin; again, no luck.

ARRRRGH! I need it now! Well, at least, I need it tomorrow. I looked in my yarn suppliers cards and found a few things I could get and blend, but not by NOW. So I went to my local yarn store (which is, of course, a knitting shop) and came home with a lace weight pale variegated blue. Then I started mixing with some other light-weight lavenders and blues, and came up with the perfect mix, using yarns I would never have guessed would work well for that blended color I need. These lavenders, greens, and blues together make the perfect blue/purple/grey for the sky I will be weaving today or tomorrow!.... At least, I am counting on it being the perfect blend. I will ply them together, rather than just winding them together into individual butterflies. The plying will make the blend more impressionistic and pure than the linear blend winding individual butterflies gives.


So, I am keeping my yarns crossed, and taking that great leap of faith into the sky - well, you know what I mean. Don't you?

5 comments:

Ixchel tapestry weaver said...

I loooooove the blue/lavender hues. In fact in my blog I just posted one idea that came from a very colorful flower and suddenly transformed into those precise colours...Where we looking at the sky the same day?
By the way, love your blog. Your photographs are delightful to look!Enjoy your new palette.

Jan said...

I love the results I get when I'm desperate and don't have the color I need! Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Your tapestry looks very interesting and I know that feeling so well, spending so much time looking everywhere, but the one colour is not there, - your solution is great!! I also like plying better, it does give a much nicer weaving result! Happy weaving

K Spoering said...

I haven't gotten to use my blend yet, as I decided to unweave a bit that I found I don't like when looking at the photo. Isn't it great how this technology gives another view of our work, to help us make better decisions for our old, non-technical medium!!!

Sue said...

love it.....whatever works, dear one, whatever works.