This project is a set of dish towels in summer and winter. I played around with S&W on two samples, and for both, the selvedges were a nightmare. Why I decided to proceed with a long warp of dish towels, I may never know. But I think I licked my selvedge problems. First, I threaded more warp ends on the two edges, something I had seen discussed at ravelry. Second, I used the make-shift temple idea that has been linked on this site many times.
My final break-through was realizing that fewer weft colors was better, and I am quite happy with the result (so far). Now, if I could only make fewer treadling errors.
Still sampling at the beginning. Tried Dukagang treadling and did not like the way the weft slid around. Changed to more standard tie up. Also tried navy, then blue green, and finally white and pink. Still looking for a good pattern weft.
Any wisdom about how Summer and winter weft works with subtle contrast?
This card came from a sample warp that I cut up for holiday cards. The ground warp is 140/2 silk that I dyed scarlet, the pattern warp is 80/2 silk, dyed yellow. The weft is a very fine reeled silk, thinner than 140/2 silk, that I dyed a beautiful orange-red. The structure is turned summer and winter.
The symbolism of the phoenix (I'm mashing my myths a bit here) parallels the symbolism of the winter solstice celebration: the sun is reborn on the Solstice, the longest night of the year, and the phoenix is a firebird that rises from its own ashes. Seems like a good match to me...
This turned Summer & Winter draft was developed for use with 140/2 silk ground warp, 80/2 silk pattern warp, and a very fine reeled silk weft. It's phoenixes alternating on the half-drop, 24 shafts.