Writing about how I work with colour when I'm weaving my pillows doesn't come easily because the whole process is so spontaneous and organic; but it happens something like this:

When weaving a pillow, I have a variety of pattern sequences that I use; the colours, however, evolve through play. I have an attic full of wool and I sort all the wool by colour and store it in clear plastic bags. Once I have decided on the overall colour effect I want to produce in a pillow, I heap all the balls of wool containing those colours on the work table in my studio. Then I carry balls or skeins of wool over to the loom and lay them across the warp to see how they look. Generally I plan ahead the repeating sequences and I look for a balance of colour across the whole middle section of the pillow. I am naturally drawn to primary colours and tend to be excited by contrast, so I will look for colours which bounce off each other. I also try to include a variety of weights and textures; at the moment I am putting in each pillow some strands of a specific yarn "cashmerino astrakhan" (which comes in a variety of colours) because it is a lovely kinky yarn with knots and dangling tags that add a whole third dimension to the weaving. Whenever I visit a yarn store, I always look for new textures and composite yarns to add to the available choices in my stock, so my supply of yarns is always shifting. This ensures that the process remains very alive for me; but it also means that sometimes I run out of a specific yarn and am unable to replace it for a future pillow. Lately I have connected with a supplier of alpaca yarn and each of her skeins comes complete with the name of the individual animal (eg. "Macbeth") so I am able to add this information to the tags, which I attach to each pillow enumerating the yarns used. This adds a personal and whimsical note that I love! 


Each pillow is thus completely unique because the whole process is so highly individualized.