…with very beautiful ombré stripes from the Fashion Museum exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects‘. The textiles used are brilliant inspiration for the weave workshop I am leading from 10am – 4pm at the Fashion Museum on Saturday 3 September 2016.
‘Ombré’ in weaving is used to describe the gradual introduction of one colour into another through stripe. There are so many possibilities – changing colours and proportions, using high and low contrasting colours, moving through colour families, putting complementary colours together, using neutrals… I love experimenting by wrapping yarn around cardboard – a quick and easy way to see what combinations do and do not work.
Firstly I started looking at matching the colours and proportions of the ombré stripe in the dress above and the triple beige stripe used in the weft. Then I simplified the ombré so it could fit in a small rigid heddle warp and started to play – nothing can be wrong at this stage. The next stage would be to pick out the things I love in the wrappings and discard what doesn’t work e.g. I love the pink graduation through to yellow and how the red ‘pops’ against the turquoise but not the dark green.
In the workshop we will be setting up and weaving with the simplest of weaving tools – the backstrap rigid heddle loom – and a much thicker yarn. However, the principles of weaving are the same no matter what size of loom – and we can replicate the navy blue and beige ombré stripes, as you see above.
I am looking forward to the workshop – I can’t wait to see what colour combinations everyone comes up with.
What colours do you like in a stripe?