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.


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