Monday, June 05, 2006

It's another blanket

This is my fugly blanket. It is a sampler from a class that I took with another weaving student when we were learning how to run the computer loom. The loom is hooked up to a computer and when you design your weave structure on the computer, the loom will automatically lift the corresponding harnesses. This is really helpful when you have 8, 12, 24, or more harnesses and very complex treadling patterns. If you haven't a clue as to what I just said, you can trust me on this one.

I took this course during the time that I was a studio technician and people kept asking me questions about designing on the computer. I had no clue as how to help them and my dept. head suggested that I take the course as "professional development." It worked out well because there was only one other person and you always learn more when you are learning in a group. Well, she LOVED colour. She also wanted EVERYTHING that she wove to be usable. This gal didn't like to do samples. The assignment was an 8 harness twill sampler and she wanted it to be a blanket in rainbow colours. Seeing as I was auditing the course (read no fee) I let her have her way and we ended up with two fugly blankets. She loved hers. Mine, I felt was a little too loud. I chucked it in the washer and then in the dryer to try and felt it a bit so that the colours would tone down somewhat. It may come as a surprise to some of you that it actually worked. Others may say that they love it. To each his own, I say. But it was definately not my cup of tea. There are some very interesting areas in it. And if I ever get an 8 harness loom than I am sure that I will use what I learned.

One of those things is chose your own colours.


Dave Daniels said...

That may be a sampler, but it's GORGEOUS! I think samplers of almost any kind are interesting. VERY nice!

jessica~ said...

I think your 'fug' blanket is great! Bright - but great!!