My second towel in the turned taquete pattern got a blue weft. I am enamored with how the colors work together. Granted, I have limited experience with color in weaving, but I hope the magic never wears off.
These are the eight colors in the warp. So far I've used the two on the bottom right for weft and have decided to use the top left two for my last two towels.
The butter yellow was too light a value for the hues in my warp and I think it really washed out this towel to the level of pastel. That surprised me.
I am much happier with the pumpkin weft, as the value is equal to those in the warp. I've heard this over and over but now I understand why value is so important. The pale yellow isn't wrong but it wasn't the best choice of my eight options. I'm chalking it up to a lesson learned.
They're off the loom and seeing the picture I realize I didn't do a good job of wet finishing - need to get on that. I'm already planning the next warp. Warping goes quick since you can hold two threads together at time - half the work, half the time.
Changing the subject, my son Josh found these two arrowheads in our dry creek bed a couple of years ago. I posted them on my blog last year and an archaeologist friend emailed me to say he saw the post and thought they were old, certainly older than our local tribes. Kay Fowler, archeology professor emeritus is a member of our weaving guild so I showed them to her last week at our meeting. The whole leaf shape one is from chert and is unfinished. The broken one is from basalt which places it in the Sierra Nevada range area. She said it could have broken while it was being worked because there was an inclusion in the stone, or it could have broken inside an animal during a hunt. She asked me where they came from and I said Red Rock (our valley). She laughed and said, well then that's the Sierra Nevadas alright. She thought they are between 1,000 and 2,000 years old. How's that for American history?! It gives me goosebumps.
I'm picking up DD Chris and Alexia in the morning and we're going to haunt thrift stores for the day. Afterwards, Alexia comes home with me for her last week of school break. This is the first time she's asked to spend two weeks of a month break with us. I don't have a loom for her but I'm sure we can find things to do.
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