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Picasso inspired scarves cont’d

black & white

scarf 1

The Black and White Inspired by Picasso scarves have been woven and finished. In a previous post, I shared a picture of the scarf 1 as it was being woven on the loom. The fun part of weaving deflected double weave is that on wet finishing of the piece the yarn will shift. Since one type of yarn is used there will be equal shrinkage thru out the piece. These scarves are woven of 8/2, 100% tencel yarn in 3 colors, black, white and gray.

Deflected Double weave 2

Scarf 2

After weaving the first scarf I decided to play with the weft treadling as well as color repeats. This second scarf was beat firmer, giving a thicker scarf. I’m having so much fun playing with the deflected double weave, that I’ve begun weaving another set of scarves using a different pattern. Click on the scarf photos to go to a higher magnification where the image is clearer.

Silk ribbons scarf

Silk Handwoven Scarf.

Silk Handwoven Scarf.

On the loom is a silk 20/2, fancy twill weave scarf. The silk yarn was purchased at the Convergence conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico from “Red Fish Dye Works”. Their booth is just eye candy, with all the beautiful colors that they dye themselves. The scarf uses a variegated yarn as well as a solid colored yarn. the colors in the variegated yarns are softened by using a light colored weft versus a dark color, which would tend to make the colors pop. The stripes of variegated yarn in the scarf remind me of ribbons. I’ve put severally rows of “jump yarn” in the weft near the ends of the scarf. I’m hoping for these areas to collapse slightly giving a shirring or ruffle effect to the scarf. In a later post I will show want happens.

CHT 2013

CHT Fashion Show. My "Spring Views" scarf is being modeled.

CHT Fashion Show. My “Spring Views” scarf is being modeled.

I”m a little late with posting about the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas 2013 Conference which took place May 30- June 2. The conference is something I always look forward to. The opportunity to learn new weaving techniques, the fellowship of being around other weavers, and the chance to shop for new yarns in the vendor hall all make attending a conference special. Alas, this year my health got in the way so I was unable to attend. Two of my scarves were in the Members Exhibit, though. Both scarves are handwoven shibori. “Spring Views” is dyed with two colors of Procion dyes. “Rustic” was woven with all black threads and then bleached to create the pattern. The next conference will be in 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Black and White Inspired by Picasso

Inspired by Picasso exhibit Black and White

Inspired by Picasso exhibit Black and White

The Museum Fine  Art Houston now has on exhibit Picasso Black and White. Viewing others art can be an inspiration in one’s own work. In this case I chose to design a scarf using three of the colors most seen in this exhibition, black, white, and gray. I also wanted to have a larger scale pattern. The pattern used in weaving this scarf is  a deflected double weave. It is woven using eight harnesses. When the scarf is removed from the loom and washed the yarns will relax and shift or deflect. It will be a while before this is woven off and finished. I’ll post a picture of the completed scarf then. This pattern boldly shows off the monochromatic scheme. Thank you Picasso for the inspiration.