Friday, May 18, 2007

my take on pixel weaving

This in a nutshell is how i did it.
i started with a color image and converted it to greyscale. Then the image was simplified, scaled down and indexed. By scaling down following THE BOOK's procedure and working with the pixel aspect ratio you end up with an image in true scale for your project.
Then i created 3 different layers and assigned a structure to each layer. Each design element had its own layer and structure, in this case three 8 end satins. i will spare you all the calculations only mentioning that it was straight draw on 24 shafts at 24 ends x cm. roughly 72 x inch. The final image was turned into a hard copy.

Then on to the printing table -i adore photoshop i could "clean" the table a bit with it- put the image in a plastic sleeve and trace it on the warp with a washable marking pen.

And then on to weaving. i kept the different areas big so it would not get confusing when weaving back. i should mention that each structure is a pick and since i was working with 3 different 8 end satins my module was 24 picks.This is not throwing the shuttle and catching it at the other end, the shuttle has to exit where structures change and change the shed. It's like pick up but a lot faster.

This is how it's weaving along, notice the difference in light reflection which show the different satins
Of course it would be a test for anyone's patience to weave a blanket, but for small experimental work it's a doable. Biding time until a real jacquard comes along...

neki desu


  1. I love what you've done here. I used to do this sort of thing on the knitting machine (never did use it for sweaters & such!) - far more 'instant' than weaving. What is the original photograph?

  2. wow this is amazing. you have inspied me to get back to weaving again. love this. i have a painted warp just waiting....i gotta go.....


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