I made an inventory of my skills and, after rating them, decided that three of them are things that I don’t really enjoy doing any more: piecing, making clothes and knitting. I’m not sure I ever did enjoy making clothes! It was an enormous relief and release when I wrote down that these are things that I won’t do any more. The inventory also made me realise that what I want to concentrate on, certainly for the moment, is working with gradations of colour in my weaving. This is something I have done in the past and have wanted to get back to for some time. It’s something I think I’m good at and that I love to do. It’s a lot of work dyeing the gradations and making the warps, but worth the effort. One of the things I love to do (and I think one of my strengths) is ‘playing’ and designing once I have the warp on the loom.
The skills I need to strengthen are regarding the warping and the sett in my weaving. I need to get better and quicker at putting on a warp instead of struggling around trying to remember the order in which things need to be done. With sett, I need to try out different setts rather than sticking with one I’m not quite sure about. I’d also like to learn more about colour.
I have several pieces that I wove some time ago. They are double cloth, using two warps each with a different gradation of greys. The photos show the two sides of one of the pieces. With the interaction of the two warps I was trying to get a slightly three dimensional look. I’m not sure that this comes through in the photographs but it does in reality. Trying to study the piece dispassionately, I decided that I had almost achieved the effect I was trying to create but that it could do with a bit of technical improvement if I was to do it again.