Sunsets and sunrises inspire this scarf. The hand dyed yarn used in the warp was a former convergence purchase, a fiber combination Rayon/Linen, which I had not woven with before. The 8 harness twill floats show off the warp colors. A magenta tencel was used in the weft.
So why weave two scarves alike? The second scarf on the warp I used a olive green Tencel for the weft. Much more subtle. This scarf was also treadled differently, using the same tie-up. When finished the scarves had a nice hand and drape. The Linen gave a sturdier feel than a scarf from all Tencel/Rayon.
Thoughts of spring flowers.
A trip to the garden store, found beautiful daffodils and tulips. I came home with snapdragons, marigolds, and petunias for the flower pots on the deck. Flowers I hoped would last longer as our temperatures fluxuate.
Varigated warp, Solid weft
Huck Lace is traditionally done the same solid color in both the warp and weft. The floats that create the design, are more visible with a solid color scarf. But why always follow tradition in your weaving, explore! So that is exactly what I have done with these two scarves. The weave structure is the same Huck lace pattern used in the previous post Love that huck.
The first scarf used a Varigated 8/2 Tencel warp. The weft was a solid color to coordinate with the darker color in the warp. The second scarf used a metallic quilting thread as the weft. Here the same warp was used as in the first scarf. The metallic weft created texture in the scarf after washing.
Varigated Tencel warp. Metallic quilting thread weft.
I’ve been busy weaving Huck lace scarves. It is one of my favorite weave structures. The first were these lovely purple tencel ones. I modified the draft from one for 12 harnesses to weave on 8 harnesses. But it still creates a nice pattern.
Being happy with the first 2 scarves, I tied on a new warp. These used a silver-gray tencel for the warp and weft. Later I played with the extra warp making samples for possible later projects. Using different types of yarn for the weft, as well as a different weave structures to create a crimp weave samples too.
When the metallic quilting thread was used for top of sample in photo 1, it remained soft after washing. This same metallic thread was used in the second sample photo. The crimp process gave a rough hand which would not work for a scarf. The third photo an 8/2 poly was used in weft giving a much nicer hand for this crimp weave sample.
If you’ve read this far I hope you enjoy the sunset at the beach in Cancun, Mexico, taken on a recent vacation.
Busy weaving handwoven Shibori scarves. This one, I took off the loom yesterday. The pattern threads I am pulling and knotting for dyeing. The next scarf is half woven using a different pattern.
Wish my flowers still looked so nice. The heat has taken its toll.
2 Scarves one hand painted warp
It’s always amazing to see how different colors of yarn used in the weft with the same warp will change the end results. These scarves were both woven on the same painted warp. The weave structure used was a manifold twill. The painted warp yarn is an 8/2 Tencel dyed with Procion MX dyes. The weft yarns for each scarf are a 10/2 bamboo yarn. The weft yarns where from 2 different manufactures, XIE Bamboo for the turquoise scarf and Webs bamboo (This yarn has been discontinued) for the red-purple scarf. The Webs bamboo is less tightly spun, so has less shine to it. It was a good decision to unweave a large part of the Red-purple scarf. The end result is better. Now what to weave for the next project.
The Magnolia’s blooms are so fragrant.
3 beads on each twisted fringe group.
To finish a handwoven scarf or shawl I will often add beads to the twisted fringe. Over time my collection of beads has grown. Some of my favorites are the Japanese beads with metallic finishes. An unusual touch can be added if teardrop, triangular or square cut beads are added. The number of beads used on each twisted fringe group will change the appearance. Bead size is also important. The beads need to be large enough to be noticeable but not so large as to over power.
Beads strung on one warp. This warp end will be twisted with a fringe twister and 5 other warp ends in it’s hemstitched group.
Each hemstitched group of warp ends which are twisted for fringe do not need to have beads added. Often I’ll put beads on every other or every third fringe group. Beads are strung on a single warp end within a fringe group before using a fringe twister to twist the group. The use of beads is to accent the scarf.
One bead on each group of twisted fringe. Bead is placed near lower edge of scarf.
4 beads on every other twisted fringe group.
This is my version of fire. Variegated yarns in the warp gives color play one can not get from solid yarns.
Changing the treadling creates a totally different look. Spots before my eyes.
Scarves and Shawls
Towels and Bookmarks
My items are all tagged and packed ready for check-in at the Houston Handweavers Sale. Today I helped with setting up the sale. It’s amazing how items entered by 40 some members is organized into a beautiful display by a small group of volunteers. Tomorrow when the sale opens the challenge will be to keep that display as beautiful as it was at the end of set-up.
On the loom is the second scarf in Finnish Weave. The scarf is of 20/2 silk yarn. A Blue warp with a coral colored weft yarn. I use a sticky note to help follow the treadling pattern. Moving the sticky note after weaving 4 to 8 throws of the shuttle. This has helped to reduce errors from losing my place in the treadling sequence.
I’ll end this post with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, as we walked along the beach on Labor Day.
The first scarf has been cut off the loom. When I started weaving I was not happy with the weft yarn I had chosen after weaving a couple of inches. The reddish plum-colored silk yarn used for the weft, looked more like a burgundy from the interaction with the blue silk warp. I found this color combination dowdy. So I choose to remove the weaving by carefully cutting out the weft yarn. After looking through my stash of silk yarns, I choose to use two, the 20/2 silk, reddish plum yarn I had just removed, with a 60/2 silk, Felt green yarn. Two separate bobbins are wound each with one of these yarns. The 2 bobbins are placed in a double shuttle for weaving. When using this shuttle care needs to be taken at the selvage. At times one of the yarns feeds differently, creating a small loop. The Felt green yarn made the design pop. The second scarf will be woven with a different color combination.