When Bhakti posted this revised Pattern Preset for weft-backed satin (scroll down in her post to see the pattern), I continued to wonder about her ingenious system for "stacking" the unused wefts on the back of the cloth by incremental stitching. I will be trying her presets in my next sample blanket on this warp, which is now ready to launch:
What I wonder is—if instead of incremental tacking, would tacking the unused wefts only once per repeat result in closer packing (more ppi), less packing, or the same amount of packing? Would there be any difference in appearance on the face of the cloth? These questions can be answered by sampling, and my presets will also find their way into the sample blanket. Fascinating areas for exploration, and I just love the fact that Bhakti and I have somehow found ourselves thinking in synchrony yet again. We did this a lot while writing our book, and fortunately it's a habit that lingers.
Here's my version of weft-backed satin for comparison:
Change of Topic Alert
And now a clarification for the folks who have been following the discussion of using damask tieups (with risers & sinkers on a transparent background) as weave patterns on two-color designs (See the comments after yesterday's post for the start of the discussion). If the damask tieups with risers & sinkers are used to fill a new layer as a simple overlay, the files will not be resizable without distorting the weaves. But if they are used as layer styles or fill layers from the Layers Palette, they will be resizable, as long as nearest neighbor method is used. And this is all in Photoshop, for those who may have come in late.
I'm going to have to use more descriptive terminology for this type of pattern preset, borrowed from the damask weavers. Unless someone has a better idea, I think I'll call it the Riser & Sinkers Tieup.