This painted skein of yarn intrigued me when shopping at HGA Convergence vendor hall in 2014. There was only one skein with this color scheme, yet it would be enough for warp for one scarf with some to spare.
Once I got the painted warp on the loom and tried to cross it in the weft with different colors, green, bright blue, gold, each color just seemed to create mud. Then I remembered the cone of black chenille in my stash from years ago. A perfect solution. The warp colors now popped. The chenille gave a softness to the scarf that would be warmer in the cool months than if Tencel was used in the weft.
Weft color choices will enhance the warp 🙂 or leave you wondering what was I thinking 😦
In the last Post I promised you a picture of the front side of the scarf once it came off the loom. The scarf does not have a nice drape. It is heavy or stiff so it will most likely be cut up to create smaller objects. Oh why didn’t I sample? I’m using a 16/2 bamboo instead of the 10/2 bamboo used in the first piece for the next scarf. The fabric is now lighter and should give a nicer drape. Yes there is a color difference. Above a Teal yarn in tabby. Below the second scarf on the loom using a navy tabby yarn.
Tabby: Navy 16/2 Bamboo
The plants are beginning to think Spring has arrived in Houston. Hopefully they will look this nice after the rain stops.
Chinese fringe flower
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.
Standing back from my loom I discovered a weaving mistake. Some how I skipped a section of the pattern repeat. What to do? First things first, I walked away till the next day. This was not a simple mistake to fix. After contemplating to just finish the scarf as is or unweave back to the mistake, I choose the 2nd one. Since so much needed to be unwoven I decided to cut off the offending weft. Care must be taken to not cut the warp threads. The weft was fairly easy to remove. The warp threads are 8/2 Tencel which have a slick surface. This made it easier to pull out the 10/2 bamboo weft after cutting it. I removed an inch or 2 below where you see also. There was one “opps”. I’ve laid in another warp thread to replace the broken one. So I will attempt to weave again. The trick will be staying focused.
Hand Painted warp for scarf
A new project is on the loom and ready to begin weaving if a few minutes can be squeezed in. The scarf warp was painted with Procion MX dyes, using 3 colors. I’m planning on using a solid red purple Tencel for the Weft. The warp is also an 8/2 Tencel. I’ll be using an 8 harness manifold twill pattern that is a change of the draft used for the green painted shawl I just finished.
I will be off to HGA Convergence conference in Providence, RI tomorrow. With classes, exhibits, the fashion show and vendor hall, I’ll be sure to come back full of inspiration and some photos to share.
Manifold Twill weave
Decisions, decisions. I made one on weft color. Here were the finalists. From the Left: hand painted green teal, a salmon, and a Nile green. I used a 20/2 silk yarn that was hand painted in the skein with two of the colors used in the warp alternating in multiple stripes around the skein. The non solid color warp seemed to soften the sharpness of the green in the warp.
The threading of the warp took longer than anticipated. The piece has border diamonds on each side. I miss calculated how to get the same border on each side. Resulting in the need to rethread half the width. Should have spent more time with my weaving software. Hope to have off the loom this week. More decisions will be made then on beads for fringe and how many. Happy weaving!
I walk almost everyday to a park near my home. It’s such fun to see the water birds. This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron didn’t like it when I tried to get close enough for a picture with my phone. They stake out their own little space on the shoreline. He’s hoping a fish will swim by.
Continuing threading the loom with the silk painted warp. About 1/2 way thru the process. Hope I’ll be weaving by mid-week. The trick will be to stay focused.
Warping of the painted silk has begun. It’s ready to be sleyed and threaded. The warp was painted earlier at a dye day at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston‘s Guild House. I wasn’t excited about the results, so I set it aside for a few months. Now I’m ready to put my design ideas to work. I will be threading an 8 harness manifold weave. I’m still debating weft colors so that will probably need some sampling.
On the inkle loom a new tablet weaving is in the works using three colors in the warp and 16 tablets .
There is still one loom naked so I hope this next week to work on another project for it.