## Tuesday, November 4, 2014

### Fractious

We are Kicking some fine November arse over on The Mat.
We have two days creative prompts with a day between to ruminate that will take us all the way through.
People are doing some amazing things and are catching further ideas to build upon in the future!
Creativity is a vast ocean, gather it by drop, cup or tanker truck, it's up to you!

Are you fractious over fractions when you dye?

Maybe this will help.
Man pretty much believes in the power of pie and feels it will help anything.

Many people have trouble with fractions and let’s face it we haven’t had to consider these in some long time. I want to give you a good mental picture to help you remember about what is bigger and smaller. We are all familiar with pie. If I had 512 of you come for supper and we had one pie, and you wanted an equal share you would get a very small piece. If I had 8 of you come over your piece would be much larger because the pie would only be divided into 8. When the number on the bottom of a fraction is large it is a small amount.

Here is a chart that helps show you the equal measures of all the fractions we commonly use in dyeing

1 = 2/2 = 4/4 = 8/8 =16/16 = 32/32 = 64/64 = 128/128 = 256/256 = 512/512
1/2  = 2/4 = 4/8 = 8/16 = 16/32 = 32/ 64 = 64/128 = 128/256 = 256/512
1/4  = 2/8 = 4/16 = 8/32 =16/64 = 32/128 =  64/256 = 128/ 512
1/8  = 2/16 = 4/32 = 8 /64 =16/128 =  32/256 = 64/512
1/16 = 2/ 32 = 4/64 = 8/128 =16/256 = 32/512
1/32 = 2/64 = 4/128 = 8/256 = 16/512
1/64 = 2/128 = 4/256 = 8/512
1/128 = 2/256 = 4/512
1/256 = 2/512
1/512 = 2/1024

Each time we go up a measurement on this chart we darken the value of our wool by one step, if we go down this measurement chart our values will lighten by one step on the value scale. When you go across a line all the measures are equal.