After weaving several projects that involved complicated processes and multiple shuttles, it was a delight to weave something completely uncomplicated. These two scarves practically flowed from the loom. The draft is adapted from Daryl Lancaster’s scarves in the article “Using Color Forecast Palettes for Warp Stripes” in Handwoven March/April 2011(page 32), and combines twill, plain weave and supplementary warps in the same scarf. Thanks, Daryl for the inspiration.
I started with the hand-painted tencel on the left. It has a green-purple theme. I added two other purple tencel yarns, a silk-tweed in purples that has a soft, nubby texture, and a silk straw that has a paper-like rustle.
Warping took a little longer than usual because I manipulated the hand-painted yarn to line up the colour blocks.
Once the warp was threaded on my eight-shaft Baby Wolf, the weaving proceeded like a dream. One shuttle only, the treadling and beat formed a natural rhythm. I wove one scarf using the darker violet coloured tencel used in the warp, and one scarf in the lighter lilac coloured tencel.
Off the loom, no repairs needed, The ends were twisted and then the scarves had a quick trip through the washer and dryer. Then, just a light pressing was needed, and Voila.
Two beautiful scarves, on and off the loom in three days. The hand, feel and weight of these scarves are just amazing. They beg to be touched. Uncomplicated. Like a fresh sorbet between heavy meals, these provided just the relief I needed to cleanse my weaving mind. Now on to my next adventure!