Sunflowers for Ukraine

Sunflowers for Ukraine

To honor the Ukrainian people, I have used the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag and their national flower – the sunflower – as a basis for a weaving design.

A very fine shawl

A very fine shawl

As we are nearing the end of 2021, it is safe to conclude that my weaving year has revolved around echo threadings. I started using two parallel threadings in Turned Taquete, and tried out three echoes with the Corris effect. Next up were the echo-4 and echo-8 techniques of Marian Stubenitsky, for which I also became acquainted with network treadlings. I have had so much fun exploring echoes in this way.

Just a pretty shawl?!

Just a pretty shawl?!

One of the fun things of writing blogs about handwoven projects is that it encourages me to think about the story behind the project. Yet, sometimes a handwoven shawl is just what it is: a pretty shawl that was fun to weave.

Echo-8 in analogous colors

Echo-8 in analogous colors

Warps with multiple parallel lines have drawn me to using rainbow colors. It took a while for me to appreciate that dialing down the color volume gives equally interesting results. For one of my latest shawls, I stuck to a warp of blues and purples.

One design, lots of echoes

One design, lots of echoes

My weaving life has been revolving around echoes for months now. With any chosen combination of 8 colors in mind, one could go with either the echo-4 or echo-8 technique to make a wonderful project. I decided to do a fun experiment to compare cloths yielded by these techniques.