Wednesday, 20 May 2009
not quite alladins lamp
but that's what it makes me think of. the little bit at the top is supposed to be a candle flame or something, but it looks more like a little upside down cross.
it was going to be a boring experiment in circles, but then i got bored. then it was going to be a question mark containing the eye of horus. then i decided i couldn't be bothered thinking that hard. so there you go
this is 5epi, which gives me 2.5 knots per inch. the knots are slightly wider than they are tall. i think if i cram the warp a little bit more, say 8epi, then it might get close to square, which is my goal, so i can plan pictures on a square grid and work from that.
the red stuff is New Fez rug wool from texere. the brown and the white stuff are both berber rug wool from the same company. i'm interested in where it's sourced from (north africa maybe, being berber wool, bit obvious really). it's not the most consistent yarn i've ever used, but i like it nevertheless. it's rug yarn obviously, and apparently not that easy for them to get hold of.
i intend to use the axminster carpet yarn i've got leftover for my next pile project, where i'll probably be trying to get 5-10 knots per inch. i'm working towards finesse. i hope to be able to set any picture to a square grid and weave it without having to think, only referring to the graph. according to collingwood, if done this way, knotted pile can become a technicians task, rather than a full on artistic undertaking.
sourcing wool is once again proving a problem though. i need a healthy quantity of undyed medium weight yarn, but i don't know where to get it.
in other news, my friend showed me his new hammock the other day, and it's just a cotton sheet with a pole and ropes on either end. i could make those. piece of piss.
oh, and there's this. i think i deserve a prize for making those colours co-operate
that's actually a very poor representation of it. i'll take a better pic when it's off the loom and i can get it out of that darkened room it's in
anyway, knotted pile is fun, but do wear a dustmask