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Fractal Triaxial Gift

At work everyone is taking something in tomorrow for our wonderful boss. I wanted to do something with a fractal card pattern I had found and used awhile back. Alas all ideas went south and didn’t come back from their voyage. So after a bit of fiddling, I found a different way to do it and finally got it done. Of course it looked a lot better on a computer screen than I could get it to print out but all in all I am happy with it. Instead of pictures in all the boxes I ended up going for encouragement. It is titled What do I Know About My God? and then My God is… with a list of wonderful characteristics of God.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

I also framed a piece of triaxial. I wanted first to do my colorful stars but that ended chasing the other ideas to sunny climes. It did end up too thick to fit in the frame. So after playing with it a bit I did find a piece that worked and framed it in the glass frame. I think it looks nice.

I think of this as my book pattern.

I think of this as my book pattern.

My boss does love to read so I think this is particularly apropos for her. I see rows and rows of open books here waiting to be read and divulge their wonders to an enquiring mind. So many worlds to visit and loves to find. So here is what I will be taking in tomorrow to work to a great lady.

Ready to be wrapped.

Ready to be wrapped.

 

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An Evenings Work

So I want to cover some boards with a piece of weaving and triaxial is really all I have out. So I need two pieces about full size that would go together for front and back covers. So out came the really nice ribbon I have left over and in an evening created a piece.

Can you find the hexagons?

Can you find the hexagons?

I saw a pattern being woven in a picture online so decided to try and replicate it. I did work out the pattern but these were not the right colors to do it n. The colors need to be very distinct and contrasting. But anyway, it is a fun one to play with your eyes. I know what it is suppose to look like but I keep seeing two colored stars. This is not a star pattern. So I do get to play with what all one sees in it.

Love how different angles give different effects.

Love how different angles give different effects.

This one really does change how it looks when viewed at different angles.

Love this angle

Love this angle

So I guess, it is obvious I need to get it backed and then see if I have enough of these ribbons left to do another that would be different but still go with it. (I probably should fix that sentence but it is how this brain works so will leave it.)

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… And the Not Ugly

First. Thankfully I did not have to continue with the spaghetti western theme of late. Or did I?

Ok, so I’m showing here what colors I like. The last two that were good are the same colors with just minor adjustments to the pattern. The Good… was the same ribbon but with the silver being more dominate Now the maroon is the more dominate color and the pattern is a bit different.

Finished pattern

Finished pattern

I didn’t notice till later, but with the different ways of looking at these pieces and how the angles can play with ones eyes, this one could also be lightning strokes. A much larger storm than the other piece but still a storm is brewing.

Alas My first impression with this one was that is was rows of open books. Now that may be because most of my books are in boxes and stacked away. For some reason realtors don’t think that having 1500 books stacked around a house and this way and that on shelves is very appealing to many when they come to look at your house. (She even had the audacity to try and convince me to take most of them to the library and donate them. Ok, as my husband would agree with her a few have departed the premises but not near what either could wish.) So anyway I am having a great lack of just seeing books around me right now. Not to say that last night I kept wanting to turn around while sitting here and grab a book off a shelf. I could have gotten it blindfolded but alas there was nothing there.

But back to the piece. It really has a lot of different looks from different angles and light. Alas, my camera and I just couldn’t replicate them in 2D as opposed to what I was seeing in reality.

Another angle

Another angle

In the low light of late evening one would never guess it was the same piece. But again the picture just doesn’t do it justice but to remember the fun of it, here it is in poor replica.

Low light interesting pattern

Low light interesting pattern

It really had a completely different look and I still wish I could see it again but alas and alack. The one done with more light just didn’t look the same at all.

I think I love just how these pieces play within themselves as much as actually making them. How many different looks can one piece give me? What is the play of light with it? How does the myriad of angles change it?

Well, this is enough fun for right now. Must go sand and paint, but will be back to another piece shortly.

 

 

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The Bad…

So I finished the Lightening pattern and am feeling real good about my triaxial weaving. Actually I was feeling really too good. I had bought some 1/8 inch ribbon in bright colors and had a great idea to try another pattern in that old set of copied patterns that would just look great so small and neat. Oh, for famous last thoughts!

So Mark’s niece is getting married and his mom calls and tells him that it would be better to go to the wedding shower than the wedding if one were to pick. Actually his niece wants to just elope and be done with it. So I grabbed all the bits to work on this on a flying car trip to Dallas in only a part of a day.

I work away. Love the colors. Takes incredible amount of time with such thin bits.

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

So I am loving the colors thinking all is well. Need to get a picture in process. Keep on working.

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

I snap another picture in what seems like months later and things just don’t look right so stop to consider it. AAGGGGHHHH!!!!! I went over one under one. I must now pull out all the pink ones and do them again. So starting over on layer two. Alas it is hard work to keep my angles correct and tight. I finally decided to run one green ribbon through (it was going to be accent in the third layer) and see if the angles were ok and workable or not.

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

The bottom two inches or so were great but the farther north one went it just had to vier further east. Way too far east. Oh dear oh me oh my! I know what must be done but as one who doesn’t like to rip out I fiddled and fiddled. So where did it all end?

The sad pile on its pattern

The sad pile on its pattern

I had an idea to just take out back so far but in the end just pulled every single pin out. Now I don’t like to waste things so they will stay together and next plan is to try them on a much smaller scale. Maybe a 4 x 6 inch rectangle. I still think it will look ever so wonderful but alas I did decide to instead take a break from the bad – in workmanship only, and try something new next. Hopefully the next post will not be a continuation of this saying. I am not even a fan of spaghetti westerns.

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The Good …

So we are in the midst of this moving thing. The house is on the market and we are hoping to get an offer today or tomorrow from a couple who saw the house on Saturday. So am ready to be done with this.

But as I sit in this very minimalist house, I am learning that I absolutely am not a minimalist. I am going crazy, but I do still have my triaxial stuff within reach and have been playing some with it. I pulled out an old set of sheets for patterns that I had been given.

Pattern instructions

Pattern instructions

They were black and white and basically based on each layer being so many dark or light ribbons repeated. Alas you can’t see the crossovers in these very old copies. So I have been playing with them and then having to remind myself of basics as I keep doing the second row the same. One over. One under. It is really sad when you get almost half done and realize it was suppose to be – Over one. Under two. YIKES! Time to take out and start over.

But here is one pattern I did from those sheets.

One light, one dark in layer one and two

One light, one dark in layer one and two

So some maroon and silver ribbon went to work and a pattern was coming up quite well. That is after the start over on the second layer. But the third layer mixes it up a bit and we get a whole different look than previous patterns I have done.

The third row going in

The third row going in

Here it looks a bit odd and I was keeping fingers crossed that all would come out well.

Fun angle

Fun angle

You now have cubes but so many of them are all one color with just a splash of color here and there.

All woven in

All woven in

I am calling this the Lightening Pattern. Little mini lightening strokes all over.

Backside

Backside

I actually took a picture of the backside of this one before covering it. Interesting in a weird modernish sort of way. But since I am definitely not modern, it is not really appealing to me.

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Some Fun with the Wrong Ribbon

Ok, I have been getting this house ready to sell for way too long and had about hit the end of my nerves. But as Dr. Panosian would say on every test day in History of Civilization, “This too shall pass away,” and the worse is over. I still see things that should be done but as the house is on the market now (anyone need a nice house and great situation in the Spring area?), I took a break and wove a triaxial pattern I found in a picture. I needed three largely contrasting colors for it to show well but didn’t have enough of anything in my stash so went with these. Not enough contrast but as I couldn’t go get more – I dug in with these.

First go at it

First go at it

So I started laying and cutting.Thought I had it and got this far (above) and realized that it just couldn’t work this way. So I took it apart and…

A second go at it

A second go at it

Now I realized after getting a whole first layer done that the yellow stripe (And yes for those who know me well, I really hate yellow but this came with the others and I needed contrast so here it is. At least it has some pink to it and is only a third of one layer.) needed on the second layer.  So once again it was all taken apart and I got paper out and started again to figure out the pattern. I should have taken a picture of that page and all the chicken scratches, but I did finally get it. So once again…

Third attempt

Third attempt

Now one thing I learned in this process was how these ribbons change their look in different light and angles. Yes, I wasted a bit of time just playing with it in the light. The first two pictures show the three colors well on their own but once getting on with it they really muddled up depending on the light. They also are iridescent and can change their color a bit on their own. Oh fun with the definite pattern I was wanting.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights

Natural sunlight

Natural sunlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok I loved the difference of the colors and no I didn’t like natural light as the iridescence of the ribbons were lost – at least here but with the lights on it was a bit more pleasing to me. And on we wove.

All woven

All woven

So I finished the weaving well after dark and the room had no natural light at all and the colors became more vivid. I got it backed and cut and then at an angle I managed a great picture of the actual pattern in it. (Too see it well click on it.)

The pattern is now visible

The pattern is now visible

So now I really want to try this with different ribbon that is highly contrasting. But alas after this was completed I had to try one more thing I have never done before with these and held it up to the light to look through it. The ribbon is not totally opaque so you could see the rows of ribbon and it took on a whole new life that I actually really love.

Held up to the light

Held up to the light

Whereas the yellow was just a dot every so often before now you can see the complete rows of yellow as well as the blue stands out. The pink steps back though there is more of it than the other two. It does make lovely hexagons. I wish I could frame this one with a light behind to see it like this.

 

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First Framed Triaxial Piece

I have finally done it. I have framed one of my triaxial pieces. Now this piece I did back at the beginning with a mix of the ribbons so that it was one piece. But then how was I to do anything with it? Well, I recently found an article on mounting a tapestry piece and thought that would be a good place to begin. I modified it a bit and learned a bit while at it but I came through with a decent framed piece.

My only piece up to now that the color pattern changes across the piece.

My only piece up to now that the color pattern changes across the piece.

The pictures aren’t perfect. I had a time getting a picture without flash in the glass and reflection of what as around the room.

Angles make a difference in how it looks.

Angles make a difference in how it looks.

I am not unhappy with how this turned out and plan to try some more. I learned quite a bit doing this and have a better idea of what to do next time.

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A Mistake Becomes a Favorite

This poor card has been languishing wishing that someone would come along and just love it for what it was. Alas what it was was a big mistake on the part of its creator. You see I cut the card, made the fold lines, punched out the opening, attached the bit of triaxial weaving, then proceeded to close up the folded side over the back of the weaving. I made it ever so lovely and alas perfect for a short moment.

Fall is in the air.

Fall is in the air.

Alas when I folded the back of the weaving over I folded the wrong side. I didn’t notice till it was completed.But to open as a proper card the weaving had to be at the bottom of the front. Yikes! What had I done. So it languished in the unloved but can’t get rid of pile.

Then today I looked once more at it and alas and alack there was potential to save the poor thing. I pulled out some flowers I had and then a card and on they got glued. I love it. It just totally revived the sad bit of work. And to top it off you can have lots of fun with the boxes now. As they would seem to be upside down if they were solid colors, the cubes look like they are falling. But if you would like then to look right side up then it is an eye exercise to force the cubes around the center to have both green and orange in them. The concave and convex look of the piece goes all willy nilly on you.

With such a triumph I had to get a picture immediately and post it immediately to this diary so I never forget the almost lost one.

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Cards with a Patriotic Flair

I was at Hobby Lobby. Who can just walk in and out for what they came for – not this kid. Anyway, 4th of July stuff was on sale 40% off, and I went over and started perusing the aisle and came across some ribbon that screamed “Triaxial”. OK, so I don’t look at ribbon the same anymore and all ribbon gets scrutinized for triaxial weaving possibilities. This ribbon won and so it went in the basket.

Patriotic Triaxial Card

Patriotic Triaxial Card

Well, my first thoughts were to use the hearts for the star and the stripe ribbon to frame it. Alas after completing it, I decided that may not have been the best choice. It is all red, white, and bluey and looks quite patriotic but the design is just not strong enough. So afterwards I did just add the strip of ribbon with the hearts as a sample and added effect to the card.

So then it was time to start a new one and this time reverse the two ribbons and have the stripe as the star and the hearts surround it. Wow, It so worked that way. I loved the little piece of wonder.

Striped Star Triaxial

Striped Star Triaxial

Now you may look at this card and say, “That is a bit over the top!” Well, it is and there is quite the story to go with it. Alas and alack it didn’t come together very easily at all. I had planned a circle window to show it off and then weave ribbon in and out the bottom. The circle window went south though already cut and the piece of weaving glued on. YIKES!!! But I love it and do not want to just chuck it to the trash bin. Think! Think!

So I then cut a square window to overlay it. It wasn’t perfect but it did add quite a sparkle to it as it is from glittery paper. But after I got it all laid on right. YIKES!!! It was slightly out of kilter. Do you know how hard I worked on that and yet it still went out of kilter. And do you know once attached – nothing to be done about it.

I also had punched holes in the bottom for weaving the ribbon in and out and it didn’t come out well at all. YIKES!!! again. Well, a nights rest went in the midst of all this and so we attached the ribbon instead covering up all troubles. And did it a bit skewed to match the top.I think it came out pretty well and since you cover the back on the inside to cover the cloth it all looks like it was meant to be what is seen but alas and alack more than I now know that this card had some pretty hard birthing issues.

 

 

 

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Baby Triaxial Cards

Not long ago I wrote about my latest triaxial weaving that I did over a weekend to relax. It came out well though not the best ribbon for the purpose. (You can read about it here.) I wanted to try it out in cards sooner than later. So again while discouraged with this warp that is still sitting on my loom hoping someday someone will come and sort out its troubles, I set about to try my hand at a fancier card with them.

I made a double window and used some glittery paper. I loved the blue one that I did first and tried to replicate it with the second one. It isn’t as perfect as the first but the colors do pop for me. I have learned a lot in the process of these cards and love making them.

Pink Beauty

Pink Beauty

Blue Beauty

Blue Beauty

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