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.
The question was asked, can you do a pine tree border for this profile? The best I could come up with is this version that I called PineTrees and Telephone Poles. It amkes a great towel border in Summer and winter.
I made two of these, one for my step mother, and the other just as an extra. I used the 8 shaft pattern book compiled by Handwoven magazine for the draft.