I thought it would be interesting to have stripes in the warp. I noticed that in my thread supply there were a lot of shades of purple so I created a palette of purples. I really liked the warp when I pulled it off the warping board, but as I started weaving, I didn't like what I was getting. My husband walked in and said that he noticed there was a phase in my process when I would doubt my choices and get discouraged but then later I would love what I created. I think he is right. So I kept trying different weft threads until I came up with a group that looked harmonious. Then I thought to add some sakiori cloth strips and that really made it special.
The sakori strips were cut from an old African printed tie-dye tablecloth that my friends Beth and Jordan Holtam brought back from one of their trips. I had used it as a tablecloth for years but lately it had been pilling after each washing so I stopped using it. By cutting it in very small strips, I figure the pilling would be minimal. I saved some of the round circles from the cloth that I can use as accent pieces on whatever garment comes from this fabric.
I had planned to use the same colors in the warp as for the weft. I envisioned how it would look to have squares of solid colors where the weft and warp crossed. It came out like I expected but it was boring just using the same colors so I added other colors and textures plus the Sakiori strips to come up with a really interesting cloth that I am looking forward to wearing.