I have been planning my next multicolor warp since my last two worked out so well. I wound a 9 yard towel warp for the Baby Wolf loom and spiced up the stripe sequence a bit. Each warp stripe was two different colors in a similar value and I used 14 different colors. The warp was gorgeous and the thought occurred to me that maybe I should quit while I was ahead - photograph it and move on. But, I wound it on the back beam slowly with a few pesky threads that had to be combed into submission. My first tie up was the turned taquete draft seen in a previous post. I picked three to five different colors for the weft. Some of them had been used in the warp -- some not. I tried to keep to a medium value. Dee passed on this tip to me and she learned it from Michelle Whipplinger. "You can get by with many colors in the warp if you use a medium value weft - of any color". Seems unlikely, but I was determined to see if I could stretch the limits of this color thing.
I started out easy with lots of colors that were similar to the warp colors. Then, I progressed into darker value colors of green and teal. I brought out some really brash turqoise green and used it. All those tag ends of cones became depleted and my best color turned out to be a pewter gray/green. Pretty uninspiring on the cone, but it really made the reds and pinks in the warp pop.
I was having fun with the taquete weave structure, but since the threading was two blocks on an eight shaft loom, I pulled out a couple more tie ups to try.