Woven photography

So first, let’s look at the original photograph of the David Austin “Abraham Darby” rose:

As you can see, the open blossom is quite pinkish, and the two closed blossoms are yellower: more of a peach colour.

Black’s Photography offers the ability to upload a picture to their website (.jpg and maybe some other formats: it barfed on .tiff, which is my favorite format, due to being lossless). They offer a number of ways to use the picture: as a photo, on a mug, or a mouse pad, or a tee-shirt… or woven on a Jacquard loom. That sounded interesting to me, and I also like the idea that computer punch cards were based on the punch cards used by jacquard looms, and now the jacquard looms are creating digital images… round and round we go…

So I copied the picture up. And checked it out on the blanket/tapestry, and thought it looked pretty good! 3 weeks until delivery. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping it would arrive before the technical update session, when I was talking about digital photography for gardeners.

Alas, no such luck. The tech. update happened on Saturday; I got a call on Tuesday or Wednesday (I forget which: it was the last week of a software update), and wasn’t able to pick it up until Friday.

I think it turned out quite well, although the open rose isn’t quite as pink, and the buds aren’t quite as peachy. The color range is limited, after all: these are woven yarns.

It looks better from afar than from 12″ away: gets almost a high-pass-filter kind of look when examined up close.

I think the next time I do this (and I most likely will) I’ll choose something with more flowers, in bright contrasting colors, and smaller. A rose is truly overwhelming when it’s about 36 inches across. It would be better to reproduce an image at close to a 1:1 scale, instead of doing a huge macro like this.

I also positioned the large rose really close to the top edge of the blanket: it would be a good idea to leave some background to frame the image, I’d say about a 6″ margin all the way around.

Live and learn!

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