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Glitter and Stars Everywhere

I am like a fly drawn to that dangerous light. Must go despite even knowing potential danger.

Yes I was at Hobby Lobby and of course I never not look at ribbon and Christmas ribbon – who can resist?

Alas it is beautiful, and shiny, and glittery. As in tiny bits of glitter all over.

Oh well I wanted to make a glittery Christmas stars and so decided on my own rotation of colors and would wait to see what would happen. Alas when one works with shiny ribbon it is hard to see edges so it takes a bit more time to do it and a bit of frustration, but oh! the rewards.

First two layers done and can you see any sort of pattern? or anything not just a mess of confusion?

First two layers done and can you see any sort of pattern? Or anything not just a mess of confusion?

So I got the first two layers in without any mistakes or at least ones that you discover after the fact. Doesn’t look wonderful and rather confusing but on we will plow. The third layer is going in. Line by line. When over a bit I discover yes there is a problem.

Can you find the mistake?

Can you find the mistake?

The problem is that I basically understand the third layer in the star pattern. I should by this time having done it many times. But when you notice what I saw there – what is one to do? I gently pulled out the ribbon from between the rest back to where I thought the problem was and reinserted it. Alas looking at it again it was still a problem child. So had to pull it out even farther back. Rethink what was happening and where it should be. And try again. Thankfully third time on that ribbon made it to the correct crossings.  So now, I can go on to the finish.

Competed star piece.

Competed star piece.

So what was this pattern if the urge to repeat it comes? I repeated in each layer 1 green, 1 silver, 2 green, 1 silver, 1 green, 1 red, 1 silver, 2 red, 1 silver, 1 red. I think it would be interesting to do it again but change where I start the pattern on the third layer and see how the stars differ. Alas that will be some time away as, did I mention glitter with this? Yes I have glitter everywhere that came off this ribbon. It is all around where I worked on this but the worse is that it really loved clinging to my pad.

Must get all this off before my next piece. Can anyone cry with me?

Must get all this off before my next piece. 

Boy is the next step not going to be fun. Wonder how much tape I will go through trying to coax that glitter to the trash.

Do wish I could photograph this better for the memory, but I shan’t forget this piece any too soon.

 

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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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Glittery 7 Colored Triaxial Star

I was in great need of a fairly quick weaving project to feel like I could still accomplish something. So to the triaxial ribbon box I went and dug out these six glittery ribbons and then an iridescenty whitish ribbon. You see I had seen a picture online of a triaxial star pattern in which all six points were a different color and then surrounded by a seventh color. I was so entranced and wanted to copy the idea and see if I could get six colors in there. So I studied the picture and thought I had it figured out.

Alas I did make one miscalculation and when I couldn’t get the third layer to work I dug out my instructions and found I did the second layer wrong – white should cross itself and it wasn’t, naughty white – so pulled it out every strip one at a time and rethreaded it throw. So a bit longer to complete.

First two layers completed correctly

First two layers completed correctly

I really wish I could memorialize this better in picture as it will probably find its home somewhere else but for all the pictures I took, what is on the computer doesn’t show the changes that play with light and color from different directions. This was a fun piece to play with in the light. And the white ribbon would reflect what was going on around it. So much fun if you are easily entertained.

The third layer went in pretty easy. And as the stars started forming up I was excited that I had made it work. You see, in the end it is rather easy to get six different colors in the stars but this brain doesn’t always work well, and I was excited that I did make it work.

The stars forming up

The stars forming up

The one thing I wish to be different is that the darker colors and lighter colors were mixed up instead of beside themselves. The silver, pink, and green need to be interspersed between the blue, red, and brown. I was a bit nervous using the brown as to whether it would look out of place with the others, but it worked fine.

Oh and just the one miscalculation wasn’t the only hold up on this,  I ran out of ribbon before being done so had to go buy more. The first time I have ever bought ribbon at full price. My box is full of half price sale week ribbon. But I needed that bit more hardly a yard of each color and so it was buy more rolls. And the white? Well, yes, I ran out of it by the third layer so used a light pink. It isn’t real noticeable that there are two different colors there as both reflect the others a bit and really aren’t much different.

When it was done and I was ready to stabilize the piece. I turned it over and found the back of the ribbons very interesting in their muted colors. You see, the ribbon is actually (I didn’t realize at first) a bunch of glitter all attached and easily rubbed off. But the base ribbon made a quite interesting piece on its own.

The muted backside

The muted backside

Well it is completed now and ready to be made into a piece that I have in mind. Hopefully I’ll get two good ones out of it. But if you can tell close up there is a bit of it that is out of kilter. Not the whole thing but just a bit. Oh well, I never could do anything perfect. Good thing I’m not a perfectionist or I would totally drive myself insane.

One side left to trim even

One side left to trim even

 

 

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Two very different Triaxial Weavings

So here are a couple of triaxial weavings that I made and have found there way to the CHH sale in cards.

These ribbons looked lovely together and after I got them home I found that the purpley one was actually a gauze. Well after a bit of disappointment, I went ahead and used it and love how the color looked over the maroon ribbon. So first is the piece in progress.

Part of the third row done.

Part of the third row done.

I like thinking when looking at the first two rows done that it looks like geese in flight. Then as the third row progresses the geese become the cubes. Not sure if there is a lesson there but almost sad to see them change.

Close up

Close up

So here it is completed. The colors are close but not as beautiful as in real life. Of course that is me speaking. But anyway it found its way into a couple of cards.

Two layers done

Two layers done

Now instead of doing the cube pattern this one was the star pattern. Did you ever want to drive yourself crazy? Sparkly shiny ribbon in this pattern will do it. You can’t see the layers easily at all. This is two layers where above you can see the geese flying. Here it still looks the same as with one layer. It is dead hard to make sure you have gone over and under the right pieces when you can’t hardly see the edges.

Completed

Completed

But, thank the Lord, I did manage it without any mistakes. That is me without any mistakes. I was amazed but it all came out and the spacing was even good for it. You just can’t see all the in your face reflection and sparkles in these photos.

Two Christmas Cards

Two Christmas Cards

So here are two completed cards that are also on sparkly paper. These really will set your eyes all a glittering. My husband did think it was a bit much but they still found their way to the sale and will see if anyone else finds them attractive.

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