Originally Posted by BdeRWest
Ahem, to try and salvage this... Excellent! I shall check back then!
An interesting point about the grenadine silk weave is that it is not an easy weave to do as it requires special warp preparation.
It is hard for me to say in words why I personally like the grenadine weave other than the obvious that it is an interesting texture.
I tend to rely on my intuition and serendipity plays a big role in our new weaves and designs. As an example Mark my father (At 82 he is still very active with our designs) and sartorial friends will often suggest weaves, designs and techniques.
An example of Serendipity is this thread which has influenced our decision to add the Fina version of grenadines to our collection.
Sometimes we move quickly and other times we spend literally years thinking and working on ideas.
When we create new weaves it is often a case of we like this weave "A" but we want more complexity in the design or perhaps straighter lines look better or so on... so we make sketches and have samples woven.
Then we take the sample weaves and leave them on a table that we walk by every day to see how we feel about the look. Noina my wife will handle the technical area of drape by simply touching the fabric - she will know how it will drape.
We use a combination of colored pencils and actual silk to create new patterns.
Shapes, colors and designs that we use tend to based off the classics. 40 or 50 years ago we used less colors each season now we have changed and tend to weave silk designs in many colors.
I have friends who went to art school and they all seem to be able to take abstract ideas and before shows write up several paragraphs carefully showing clearly how they are inspired. I think that you have all seen these narratives and when good they really can explain the thoughts that are behind their art. But sometimes they can be as abstract as the art and confusing - at least to me...
If any forum members are able to speak more clearly about the "why" of grenadine please do.
Hint Matt S. I am thinking of you....