Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Second scarf syndrome

It's not as bad as second sock syndrome, a knitters complaint. When beginning a new project, such as a scarf, many weavers will put on enough warp for two or more, to save time. The fun and challenge is to make the second one different from the first, even though you have the same kind of yarn, and the same threading. You can vary the treading and the colors, and get something completely different. Here is a picture of my second piece from the table runner in pastels that I showed a few posts ago. The warp is the same linen and silk blend, and the treading is mostly the same too.

This second one is clearly a wrap, based on the drape and grist. I used a very fine silk for the weft this time, instead of the relatively coarse tussah in the first one. I also wove a border in overshot near each end. I like including this clue to the pattern. You can see the relationship to the elongated shibori pattern.

I was very happy with the results of the first dye bath. The copper color bled to a silvery background that may not be apparent in this photo. But I had wanted a greener shade. And, I needed to make a tiny repair where one of the shibori knots got caught on an edge thread. So I dip dyed the scarf with the green.

Currently I have an afghan on my big loom. I am planning my next woven shibori project. Maybe I should get a start on my annual kitchen towels. Or, maybe make some bright pillows for my gray couch. This time of year gray is just gray.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Second project of 2013

This year, I am focusing on using yarn from my closet, aka stash, as inspiration for projects.
You might not be surprised to learn that I have quite a bit of yarn, in amounts large and small. Weaving is a great technique for using up smaller amounts of yarn, in combinations that can be surprising.
Pictured on this page is an untrue plaid scarf, inspired by yarn left over from a previous project. It is a rayon and silk blend, hand dyed by someone I met at the Third Coast fiber festival last September. I paired that with tsumugi silk from habu and, silk stainless steel, also from habu. I have been wanting to try weaving with the stainless for sometime now. A young lady name Audrey Chamberlain showed me a scarf that she used it in a few weeks ago. Intriguing!

I measured the warp in an asymmetrical, but balanced pattern, using the three types of yarn in the warp. The same yarns were used in the weft, attempting to weave different sections to "square" before changing yarn. That caused the little see through windows where the stainless crosses the stainless.
The drape and texture of the finished object was a pleasant surprise. Very soft, and it has a flow to it.

Another intention for this year is to have all of my looms warped most of the time. This week is warping week. The 8 harness Jane loom has just been warped for collapse scarves in Madeline Tosh Praire. The weft will be a hand spun over twisted silk.

Rigid heddle has just been warped with stash from my closet (mountain goat from mountain colors) for a brooks bouquet scarf.

Today I measured off a warp for an afghan for my my living room in chrome by yarn hollow, with brocade for the weft. You might not ever see me again once I finish this one, the yarns are soooo lux. Pictures to follow. Thanks for reading.