October 28th, 2015

Changing our Stripes

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When looking at patterns/drafts/designs it is sometimes hard (for some of us, anyway) to imagine them in another colorway. And yet, the original colors don’t always match the scheme of the room or person we are weaving for, or that particular color is out of stock or not in our stash. And this is a case where changing our stripes can be just the ticket for creating exactly what we want.

Changing warp and weft colors in your weaving drafts and the dramatic results. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

One of our customers brought in some gorgeous dishtowels recently and I loved her color combinations, which she said were chosen for the kitchen of the intended recipient. I asked her what draft she used and did a double take when she told me it was one of ours – the Ribbon Towels by Carol Birtwistle. The Ribbon Towels draft has been one of our most popular drafts and features stripes of bright colors against a natural background with a medley of twill patterns. What really struck me in comparing Karen’s version to the original is that she not only changed the colors, but the arrangement of the stripes, which brought a different emphasis to the twill patterning. It ended up looking like a completely different towel.

Changing warp and weft colors in your weaving drafts and the dramatic results. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another great example of this is Draft 07, the Dornik Throw. When Barbara designed it back in 2010, she used a rich palette with ocean blue, grape jelly and dark teal against the lighter whipple blue. We updated the pattern for the 2015 Weaving Sourcebook and the new colorway pairs navy and grey teal with steel and periwinkle for a distinctly different look and feel.

Changing up the colorway is a great way to take a draft and make it yours. One of the things I love about weaving is that I can choose my colors and create combinations that are custom fit for my project. Sometimes I design my own draft as well, but sometimes it’s a simple as changing the stripes on a draft I love. Have you changed the colorway on any of the WEBS drafts? Please share your results!

Leslie Ann
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