What a joy it was to weave these two scarves in Supplementary Warp technique.
The idea for these came from seeing a similar piece on Pinterest, with a link back to the blog of “gangewifre-dot-blogspot-dot-com”, who, in turn, was inspired by the weaving of artist Juanita Giardin. Circles within circles as ideas are passed on from one weaver to the next, and to the next in a craft that has endured for thousands of years. Examples of supplementary warp fabrics can be found across many times, places and cultures, from as early as 5th century Southeast Asia, pre-Hispanic Peru and Ecuador, 18th century Europe and Scandinavia to modern times. Contemporary weavers have an abundance of yarns and colours to choose from, keeping everything fresh and exciting. Mine are woven in richly-coloured Tencel, with the supplementary colours on top of a black and white ground.
In supplementary warp technique, the extra pattern-making threads float over and under a ground warp, usually plain weave. What a wonderful way to add a decorative element to an otherwise unadorned piece. The plain weave ground is threaded on shafts 1 and 2, and the extra pattern warps are independently threaded on the remaining shafts. The extra shafts are lifted for a while, allowing the pattern threads to float over the ground, then, as the shafts are lowered, they interlace through the cloth and continue to float underneath. The over and under, over and under rhythm continues, making beautiful dots and dashes of colour. Different patterns can be made, depending on how many independent shafts are available. For an eight-shaft loom, like I have, there are six independent shafts. The scarves I wove have a 24-pick repeat, and so are more easily accomplished on a table loom.
The hard, slow work is in designing and setting up the loom. After that, the weaving itself progresses quite quickly. Woven in 2/8 Tencel, the scarves are soft and silky. I wove the red scarf first, and then I pulled out the red and gold threads, replacing them with blue and silver for the second scarf.
I am so motivated to continue exploring this technique.