When I was finishing the first iteration of the Sunrise colorway, I thought it would be fun to weave a rug in the colors of spring. Around here in central NC, Spring is in full color in late March. Lots of overlap between the colors of Sunrise and Spring, although Spring has more green and Sunrise more beige and cream. I made notes, based on what I saw blooming as I drove around, with a particular interest in the pale gray of some oak trees. I wanted to capture the week before the real deciduous greens showed up, when the only dark greens are pines (dotted with yellow pollen machines!), holly, and camellias.
Because this is my first full-loom rug (36″ wide), I worked with my software design program, Fiberworks Bronze, to figure out ahead of time how many color changes I would need to select.
According to the design and if the row gauge is correct, I need 10 colors. The colors at each end will be the same–pines and broadleaf evergreens, dark greens, so I need eight colors for the center of the rug.
I took the colors pulled for the first Sunrise, removed beige and cream, rearranged the yellows, added greens, and then sorted to see what colors would look good together, as well as contrast sufficiently to show the stripes.
The picture of the fabric piles was taken with my cell phone camera, which has no exposure adjustment capability. The yellows completely washed out to beige. I’ll link to the final, formal image of the rug when I’m done. I haven’t posted any pictures of my preliminary Passion, Seascape, or Sunrise colorways yet because the color rendering from my phone camera is so bad. Waiting for an overcast day to take formals with my digital camera.