Wool Scarves with Embedded Messages

I continue my journey of finding ways to communicate through the woven cloth.  These scarves have what looks like random stripes, but a message is hidden within.

The stripes form letters, which form words of love.  I turned to an early career in computer coding and remembered binary codes which use zeros and ones to create a key. 

It was simple enough to let each “zero” be a dark thread and each “one” be a light thread.

I coded the message: “Love You Forever” and mapped out the warp placement.

I threaded this as a broken twill, eight threads per letter, and changed the direction of the twill for each new letter.  I wove one scarf with dark yarn, Harrisville Shetland Midnight, and one with light yarn, Harrisville Shetland Cornflower.  10 ends per inch, 10 picks per inch.  The Harrisville Shetland bloomed on washing and here we have two delightful scarves woven with love.

About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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12 Responses to Wool Scarves with Embedded Messages

  1. Vicki Collins says:

    Those are lovely Barb, as always great workmanship👍🏻

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Lynne Russell says:

    I just love the way your mind works.

  3. Barbara Scott says:

    Love these. So simple and so meaningful

  4. Anne Vulliamy says:

    Very cool idea, Barb, and it looks fabulous!

  5. iriegemini says:

    Love the encoding in your weaving! You might like to check out gannetdesigns.com. Naomi Parkhurst also works with embedding meaning and her focus is in needle arts if you have not come across her work before.

  6. Barb, This created a very inspiring and interesting pattern in the scarves.

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