Skip to main content

Number Games

I admit that I am a science fan; in fact, had it not been for my love of writing, I probably would have gone into science as a degree ... that, and my tenth grade Biology teacher completely freaked me out when she dissected dead animals with her bare hands. I'm also slightly germ phobic.

In college, I learned one valuable lesson: art has science, and science has art. This is part of the reason that one of a university's colleges is the College of Arts and Sciences. Creating pottery glazes requires knowledge of chemical reactions; weaving has a mathematical grid underlying its structure and beauty. Part of what makes overshot patterns so amazing is the illusion of circles on a square plane. Then there are fractals which are just plain cool. Don't tell me that there isn't art in science.

For weaving, numbers and design always work together to create something beautiful. For example: Fibonacci numbers: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 etc. is seen in the image below:

Fibonacci Number Sequence
The sequence is based upon the sum of the previous two numbers: 1 + 1 = 2 +1 =3 and so forth. In a recent project I used the Fibonacci numbers as the warp then weft in two sets of scarves. The first scarf utilized the sequence in the warp, while the weft remained solid black. The photographs are all taken from the second scarf.

Fibonacci Warp; Solid Weft
The design pops with the colors, but it makes for a very interesting combination. The second scarf repeated the Fibonacci pattern into the weft.

Fibonacci Warp and Weft
The pattern repeats from a large block of black (55 rows) down to a rows of single colors. In this scarf, I added a secondary pattern of double picks (the weft is sent through the same shaft twice). I doubled up certain portions of the warp because of the I warp my loom, and also to provide a solid presence for the single picks at the front. Without double thickness, the single lines would have been lost in the crowd.

Lastly, a photograph using my sister to model the scarf:

In this photograph you can see one pattern repeat. The scarf is unwashed. Just off the loom it measures around eleven inches, but will shrink down to nine inches or so. Once it shrinks, the space between the warp and weft will shrink, bring the colors closer together. On Monday, I'll post photos on my Facebook page so you can see the difference between the washed and unwashed scarf.


Popular posts from this blog

Chapter Four - The Board and Council

The town center was the oldest and grayest part of the town, though, even there the buildings were still colorful with the stone buildings being blue-gray, pink-gray and lavender-gray. In the center of town, marking the absolute center of the town, was a park area with a fountain in the center, the fountain led down into an underground grotto which was currently overflowing with people not unlike the fountain above it. “Looks like it’s connected,” Ramses said. “I think Mederei said it was had healing properties.” “That would be the place to look for the tapestries.” “Mama,” a child whispered loudly. Why was it when children whispered they yelled? “Why is that man so brown?” “Shh, honey, he’s probably from the capital region.” “No, Mama, they’re black, he isn’t. He’s brown, and scary looking.” The boy, blonde haired and blue eyed like his mother, was probably from the town. It was said that on the Isle of Caergwl├ón, the darkest were those in the capital and from there, they lost their color…

Chapter Nineteen - Negotiations

And we're back! Apparently my computer was sick, needed a reboot and now I'm in the process of organizing it all over again. Ah well. 

She was annoyingly brilliant, stubborn and naive; he was equally brilliant and stubborn, but not as naive. Kiango and Mederei were too valuable to the kingdom to remain in constant battles, but that's where they often found themselves. Both trying to solve a problem to help their families, friends or kingdom, but often going about it the completely opposite ways. Both had the power and prestige related to their families, and both wielded that power in strange and unusual ways. Kiango used his influence to lead the younger members of the society, but unlike other members of the royal family, had little magic. Mederei's magical power had to remain regulated and hidden because of the rules. How much of Mederei's ability Kiango knew about though ... They would always remain in conflict with one another, but there had to be some way they c…

Winter Hiatus

It's really chilly here in Seoul at the moment, so I took advantage of my Christmas present to weave some more cloth. Also, due to it being the end of the school year (Korean schools run from March to February), I'm currently busy with finishing up school, and getting things ready for next year.

All that said, I'm taking a hiatus from Mederei's story until March. Thankfully, I'm not leaving you on a terrible cliff-hanger, though. Posting in January and February will be sporadic as I find the time to write while getting other things done. 

For those interested in the weaving, the brownish color has flecks of gold in it, but is a rayon, acrylic mixture. The black is cashmere I received back in Buffalo a couple years back. It's been woven and washed and looks freaking amazing. I think I'll make it into a dress.

Below is a photo from the light show in downtown Seoul. It was beautiful, but cold that night.

Stay warm!