The colour progression of the warp is based on the positioning of
stars and planets in the sky, at the time I was born. These
one-of-a-kind horoscope drafts are available from brilliant weaver Bonnie Tarses,
if you want to make one for your own horoscope, or for someone else’s.
(For example, someone made a beautiful Obama horoscope shawl that you
can see here on Weavolution.)
I widened it a bit by adding a stripe of blue to either side of the
horoscope. The warp is done in Bambu 7, and the weft in Bambu 12.
I purchased the yarn as a kit from Cotton Clouds, so I didn’t need to
get full cones of all the colours. I have loads of all the rainbow
colours left, after winding the warp, so I will be able to do other
projects with them, as well.
It might be apparent that all of the difficulty of this project comes
from winding the crazy warp - with 12 colours alternating in a precise
order, it was a bit hair-pulling, at times. I spent a couple of days
winding the warp and a couple more sleying the reed and threading the
heddles. Once it’s on the loom, it’s the easiest thing ever, since it’s
just woven as plain weave in one colour of weft yarn.
also looks soft and has a lovely drape.
I can identify with the hair pulling and I've never wound more than one color! Wonderful project.
Then the weaving is fun and it unfolds like magic before your eyes! I hope you wear this to the next weaving conference, so I can find you right away.
It's beautiful! I have my draft but can't decide on the weft color.
Stunning use of colors....gorgeous
Bonnie taught a workshop at Jockey Hollow Weavers a few years ago. I have my horoscope draft and haven't wound it yet, but I think it's time!
Just goes to show you don't have to do complicated patterns to achive stunning results. Four shafts are more than enough for many people. Absolutely gorgeous.
The warping was worth it! Stunning shawl. I have been curious about the horoscope idea so now more curious. Maybe after I break in my new loom.
About choosing weft color: I often weave 3" of each warp color in order and then decide which one I like the best. It is always a surprise.
Yes, Jerri, it is time (grin) I will talk you through it...Although I have been a member of Weavolution since the beginning, I rarely pop over here. I am sure it is because I have felt that I just didn't have the time for one more thing. A few hours ago a weaving friend mentioned that she saw a Color Horoscope Weaving image with some discussion, so i thought I really should take a look. Well, what a surprise! This is much better than FaceBook! I am in the middle of a week long weaving project, but I will be back here when it is over.