Use one color thread in a textured pattern. What color value would be your priority to showcase the pattern design?
I just took my fabric off the rigid heddle loom. It is my first pick-up stick project and created warp floats as the pattern. I like the fabric, but the texture pattern does not display as well as I would like. My blue is a muted gray shade of blue. The floats that show best are where the yarn lightens. In viewing examples of the same pattern, at first I would have used the word brighter to describe those hues. That is not it. Clear or pure colors?
Other examples: http://knitty.com/ISSUEss16/FEATss16GW.php#PATT
Stacey Harvey Brown
Stacey Harvey Brown recommends really light colors and generally uses ecru in her textural weaving. It is very effective, especially if you are using a texture that involves a lot of shrinkage and therefore depth.
Have you wet finished it yet?
Have you wet finished it yet? It might change it in unexpected ways...
Design depth from wet finishing
Shrinkage from wet finishing will cause depth. You are right. I had not thought of that dimension, only length and width. Wet finished today -hot water, mild soap, mild swish and squish. It changed the fabric very little. Yarn was 80% merino wool and 20% silk.
Stacey, the recommendation of ecru is good. I have seen waffle weave kitchen towels in white and in ecru. The design was prominant in both. Would the value to consider be saturation or a solid hue?
I did my waffle weave was
I did my waffle weave was cloths in natural colored organic cotton, http://weavolution.com/project/erica-j/waffle-weave-mastering-weave-structures-study-group-samples
I think mostly you would want to start with tints, which have white added.
As for getting the depth you probably want more aggitationews because you want a lot of shrinkage to create the depth. If I remember correctly using a more open beat will also allow room for the wefts to pull in and help create depth.
float sampler questions
I would like to weave a float sampler in a tint, a pure color, and a shade. I do not have a stash. I have questions before shopping.
To test whether color effects the detail of floats do the 3 yarns need to be the same hue? The same weight? The same yarn?
If not the color, then it is the beat and the wet finish.
For your color dilemma, I just read about a solution in a color theory book.
Use, oops, in the planning stages a color gamp, using rainbow colors + a sub color, as a color study guide for the project, to see what works best.
I am glad I found it. I have the same problem as you have, on a previous project.
My weaving teacher told me texture shows up better in light colors because shadows show up better. I also take black and white photos of my yarn choices to see which colors will stand out.