Exercise 4.2 Experimental yarns and concepts (Exercise 4.2.3)

Exercise 4.2.3 Texture and tonal qualities

In this exercise I am going to look at neutral colour explorations from Exercise 3.1 to create two or three tonal yarn explorations based on the tonal colour palette I have chosen taking account of colour, proportion of colour and a sense of its translation from my original source.

I choose my neutral fabric colour piece from Exercise 3.1 using the gouache paints and I collected a range of materials to assist in translating the tonal qualities in the fabric. I made two tonal yarns exploring the tonal colour palette in my 3.1 exercise.  I decided to use conventional threads and string for these two tonal yarns.


The first yarn I made out of threads and it was made by wrapping over a wool string.  I found that the copper/gold colour in the textile piece was hard to match from my thread collection.  I had a shiny copper and a glittering gold but these did not match the tone of the fabric threads so I opted for a more matt thread which had copper gold.



For the second tonal yarn I wanted to use something different so chose sari silk and tape. The sari silk was more of a mid tone but seemed to work alright next was a cream tape with a slight fine gold thread and last I needed a deeper tone so I dyed the sari silk in strong coffee.  I mounted these strips on a piece of recycled cardboard.



I studied the piece and decided to draw some more designs that might be consistent with the fabric presented and the colour.  The page is shown below.



In terms of texture I produced two yarns. The fabric piece has predominately gold and cream colours and I thought that the gold could be represented in a harder way in contrast the delicateness of the fabric.  So I used gold eyelets in a piece of tape as the yarn in the first textural yarn.




The fabric has many holey pieces in the design and to represent this but in once again a more robust way I used cotton sash cord 7mm and practiced my knotting by using overhand knots to form soft loops in the second textural yarn.




It made me realise  doing Exercise 4.2 that there is just so much possibility in yarn making and its use in textile pieces particularly contemporary and experimental.

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