Variegated yarn as warp - looking for some devil's advocates
I usually avoid variegated yards but Just Our Yarn had a beautiful skein of 30/2 tencel that called to me to experiment with it. Since it met my challenge of weaving at 60 epi with a satin structure and working with tencel I was happy for the new experience. The nature of designing with variegated yarn seems to have brought in a new challenge for me. I'm already threaded with a straight draw and don't really want to rethread. I am tired of having this conversation with myself so I thought I would post it!
Below is my photo with 3 color wefts (all 60/2 spun silk), from top to bottom, yellow, red and brown. I've folded it in half to show the two sides. You can see the variegation of the warp at the top and at the bottom. I truly expected the red and brown to make the colors pop. Duh, both red and brown just sink into the warp color and don't contrast enough.
I think I've gotten into the trap of "just because you can - doesn't mean you should". I was trying to put some curves into the structure but they don't really add to the whole piece. So I am thinking of doing some straight block lines that fade in and out and let the variegated color step up to the front line as the star of the fabric. The cloth itself feels great and weaves and washes beautifully. So....hopefully someone feels up to some suggestions?