Before I move on, I'm going to try to explain one last thing, simply because it was absolutely new to me. We know there are two ways of looking at color and color mixing: light primaries and pigment primaries. We're familiar with pigment primaries because that's how we dye. Light primaries are the hues that printers (and Judith MacKenzie) use. It's also the way our eyes see color. Our eyes contain three receptors for color: red, green and blue. We have the most receptors for red, fewer for green and even fewer for blue.
Say we want to weave a violet cloth for a dress and we have both red and blue silk, which we've decided on because we really really want a violet dress to go with a jacket. We think this blend would make a nice complex color, instead of just buying violet and weaving it as warp and weft. Half of the threads will be the red warp and the other half will be the blue weft. How it will mix and appear to our eyes isn't what we expect. At a distance the cloth will be red violet because we see more red than blue, in spite of the logic of using half of each color (my illustration). If you have a weaving program, try it, then zoom out and see what color you get. It will be red violet. If you change to 3/1 twill and repeat the exercise, you will get your violet. When we weave, we're not mixing colors, all smooshed together. We're doing something more like Seurat and the the pointalists did - dots of color, blended by our eyes. Sorry folks, that's the best I can do.
I finally finished DL Missy's placemat's today. They're hemmed, washed and drying on the balcony. I'll show them when they are dry. Thanks Hilary for being adamant about the temple. It held the warp at the same width throughout and they are all the same size. I'm more pleased than I had expected to be.
The beating on the warp does not bother my studio companion.
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