I taught a workshop on Ikat weaving and wrapped, dyed and wove an exploration piece for myself and for demonstration purposes. This piece is the result. The warp and weft are mostly 2/20 mercerized cotton, sett at 24 ends per inch and woven at 24 picks per inch. I made the warp 4 yards long which gave me lots of room to play around. The warp and most of the weft was 2/20 mercerized cotton dyed in Procion MX in Carmine Red. Woven in plain weave. Once I started weaving, I realized that I did not have enough of the 2/20 cotton to weave the whole weft, but I used every inch I had. I subbed in some natural 2/16 cotton along the way, and got some nice, coloured areas in the finished scarf.
I wrapped the first section in a specific pattern, with sections running from 2 inches to 4 inches long. In putting it on the loom (front to back) some of the sections became misaligned. Next time I would take more care in lining up the sections more accurately.
When woven, though, they came out looking crisp, and filled the space effectively, as planned.
I wrapped the second half of the scarf in short half-inch sections in a random pattern. After weaving, they remind me of falling rain and I like how the wrapped areas have a different appearance when they are woven with natural, compared to the areas woven with red.
In the centre, between the two warp ikat areas, I placed a small amount of weft ikat in a pretty pattern. Because the weft shots were longer than the width of the scarf, I gathered the ends together in braids.
Overall, a fun, conversational piece to wear.