Back to the Rainbow Flag

More than a year after I stopped working on my rainbow flag throw, I'm finally picking it up again. To recap, the idea is, a giant queer rainbow flag throw made up of individual tiny triangles woven on my little 4" triloom. Each triangle will have a spell woven into it. Red for protection, orange for strength, yellow for prosperity (changed from wisdom), green for health, blue for peace, and purple for passion. Each color is to have two rows built of 72 triangles, not 54, as one of the previous posts states, and not three rows as I originally planned, because my math was wrong and it wound up being like 8' long. (I thought the little loom was 4" along the hypotenuse, but it's 4" along the leg and about 6" along the hypotenuse.) So the finished thing should be 6'x8'. If I ever finish. I did finish one row of red before I left off, and have it all stitched together and everything. Somewhere. Now I can't find it. That's bad. I hope it turns up before I'm ready to stitch the whole thing together, or that's a lot of work down the drain. I'm sure I put it somewhere "safe". At any rate, it feels good to have an ongoing project again....

Hex.Ink

Hey, look, new digs! The domain dememe.info was going away, and my wife happened to have an unused domain name that neatly bridges computing and witchcraft references, and she was kind enough to give it to me when Dememe Nonny cut the blog loose. I’m sure Dememe'd’ve let me had space on the new domain, but it was getting a little too far from the basic concept, so I went for Hex.ink. The name is just too cool not to use, really, so I guess I’m going to start referring to the blog as Hexink or Hex Ink or something. I’m going to be playing with the look of the blog, too, so be ready. Also, tags should become functional, which will be nice, won’t it? If you’ve been following the blog by RSS feed, you’ll need to subscribe all over again. The information is in the sidebar. (Or should be, and if it’s not, I’ll get it back as soon as I can.) If your client lets you edit URLs, you can just fix it that way, from ariadne.dememe.info to hex.ink. I’ve been a busy bee while the blog was down. I’m working on Bakcheion is doing for the Dionysian ritual at Many Gods West, which is very exciting. (If you’re going to Many Gods West, I do hope you’ll come!) I thought I’d done enough triangles for the first row of the rainbow blanket… …but it turns out I was still 18 short. Working on it… But I did get the corners of the ones I had tied to help define the squares I’ll be stitching them into, so that’s something. I collected a couple of packages a very kind person had sent to me, care of a friend’s house (our packages sometimes go astray). They were filled with treasure! But that’s another post… Here's a spoiler, though....

Project Notes: Rainbow Blanket 2

I may not have been blogging this week, but I have been weaving. LOTS of little triangles. That's thirty, but there are more now, that haven't been stitched into the chain. I (obviously) haven't started stitching the edges together, although I will soon. Although I didn't get into the developers' academy I was hoping to, I'm studying programming again on my own, and am poking at the project I started last time I did this, a script to generate all the figures to plug into a geomancy chart. I've got another project planned for it, too, eventually, when I learn enough....

Project notes: Rainbow Blanket 1

The math said that 18 - 4" triangles should be 6', but apparently I've mismeasured those triangles, because it came out more like 8'. What? I guess the triangles were already a little longer than 4", and I guess the knots connecting them added a little, but I did not expect this much. Of course, they haven't been washed and blocked. The plan is to get an entire row done, stitch it together, and then block that. But even with 10% shrink, it'll be more than 6'. Oh well, not complaining....

28 Triangles, and Planning for New Projects

Well, that’s done. I have 28 little gray triangles and 28 little purple triangles, woven with and as prayers to the Hyades and the Women of the Purple Thread. Now I just need to stitch them all together. Now to start on the next big project, the 6’x6’ rainbow flag afghan for my wife and I. Buying even a skein of Red Heart Super Saver is difficult these days, but a friend was kind enough to get me a thing of bright, pure re d so I can get started on it. The plan looks something like this: Each triangle is about 4” on the long side and 2” on the short side. To get a 1’ stripe, I need three rows of 4” width each. I’m going to fiddle around with it, but I’m thinking of alternating rows of meshed-teeth style and square-block style: The math for either type of row works out the same. Each row needs 54 block, times three rows is 216 triangles. 216 triangles is 648 yards. Round up to 700 for extra for stitching. A single skein of Red Heart is 364yds, so two is enough plus 28yards of squish room. Fortunately, Red Heart, being synthetic and mass produced, doesn’t have dyelots and is consistent. Color #319 will always be the same shade of red. At 216 triangles per stripe, that’s 1296 triangles for the whole thing. Even at ten triangles a day — which I am not going to average, that’s a good day — that would be 130 days, that’s more than four months. Probably more like 6 or 8, because me. Even more if I get into the school I’ve applied for, which is very intensive. Fortunately, the triloom is such that I can do other projects at the same time, so I don’t get too bored. Also fortunately, it’s easy to use the tail at the start of each triangle to tie it to the next one, and it’s easy to make both types of rows from long strings of them. Which makes the project much easier to keep track of. Individual triangles are too easy to lose. I’m assigning a different quality I want for our little family to each color, magic to support us in each of them. Red for protection, orange for strength, yellow for wisdom, green for health, blue for peace, and purple for passion. The recited charms for each are proving annoying to write. I’ve got a version for protection, but I’d rather get them all written and posted together. They’re doggerel, really, and won’t scan well. Just something to recite while I work, to shape the intent and energy. I’m also playing with the notions of using the triloom to build an ABRACADABRA spell, an ancient diagram spell of protection that dates back to at least the 3rd century CE and the physician of the Emperor Caracalla, who prescribed it worn as an amulet against disease. A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B - R - A A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B - R A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A A - B - R - A - C - A - D A - B - R - A - C - A A - B - R - A - C A - B - R - A A - B - R A - B A This, obviously, lends itself to the triloom pretty well. It would probably work better on a equilateral triloom, but I don’t have one of those. This would, obviously, make a good-sized wall hanging rather than a wearable amulet — the top edge would be 44” across if made on this triloom! — but I think the spell could be easily applied to a household rather than an individual. I’m also thinking about the idea of making spell-nets out of wire and beads to catch bad influences trying to come in at windows, like a witch’s ball, dreamcatcher or spirit trap. I want to do combinations of the rigidity of the weave and more freeform, organic shapes. Even a single triangle — and I’d rather do 4-piece squares, to keep the inward motion toward the central stone — will take 3 yards of wire just for the base, plus another foot or two for the other work, so I’ll have to work in copper wire for now, as much as I...