This was sitting in draft, not sure for how long, but I’m determined to catch up on my posts!
2 years ago, for NEWS, our guild did a memory project. Each one of us would weave something that was either inspired by a memory and/or evoked a memory.
I love those kind of challenges. It helps push my creativity.
I decided to weave a scarf in memory of my father, Ed. He had several loves in life, but two that stood out for me were his love of Irises and of Bach. So, I decided to weave something using the colors of Irises and the pattern was going to use the score from a piece of music from Johann Sebastian Bach.
Being a fledgling dyer and having taken an Ikat dyeing workshop I was ready to go.
In the front of the house I have a stand of Japanese Irises (my personal favorite). That was my inspiration for the color.
I dyed white 10/2 mercerized cotton a purple color and for the leaves and stems, dyed them a dark sage. The weft I dyed a deep dark teal.
After I took it out of the dye bath,
I undid the ties and used this yellow:
to lightly dye some of the white spots with yellow.
I thread the loom interspersing the green among the purple warp threads. Here are two views of the warp on the loom (sorry about them being out of focus – what can I say?)
I had to play around with it until I eliminated the huge floats, but I really love the texture.
Here is a close up of the finished scarf: