Etsy

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve cleared my Etsy shop of fabric and am now selling my handspun, handwoven scarves. BendingPins.Etsy.com

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Clasped Weft

This scarf took infinitely more time to weave, it wasn’t as easy as tossing the shuttle back and forth. The warp is Merino, the wefts are Corriedale, Shetland (from Quebec!), Camel and silk.

This will be the last woolen scarf for now, I’ll be moving back to cotton and tencel for the next few projects, whatever they may be.

A Woven Scarf

I hand dyed then spun the yarn for this scarf earlier this year. It contains a lot of Corriedale, the warp is Faulkland and there’s always Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) in all my scarves, it’s such a great wool to work with, I don’t know why more people don’t use it. All three of these scarves are off to Muskoka to a craft show this weekend with my friend Sew Tara.

Next on my list is a white/oatmeal/silver scarf, all natural colours of the sheep they originate from including a white merino warp, Shetland, Targhee, maybe (silver) Mohair, Alpaca and BFL, weft. I’m spinning BLF now and am going to blend the Alpaca and Targhee together.

BiG, Rustic & Natural

I wove another big scarf this week using handspun chunky and worsted weight yarns from Polwarth, Finn and Corriedale sheep’s wool as well as a little mohair. I’ve discovered that if you add liquid fabric softener to your hand washing routine, it makes your project super soft and squishy.

I have it for sale on FB, if it doesn’t sell by Friday it’ll be going to Crafted Muskoka with my friend Sew Tara .

Improvisational Weaving

Yesterday morning I started to wind a warp using odds and ends of my handspun I had used on my multicoloured poncho. I didn’t really count, just wound until I couldn’t put any more yarn on my warping board. It was chunky wool so it was only 60 ends which I estimated would be 6 ends per inch on the loom.

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I’m getting better at warping and it only took a few minutes to wind it onto the back beam. Threading the heddles and reed also went quickly and I was off to the races. I pulled random balls of handspun from my big basket and wound off just before 3 p.m.!

Because the main fiber in this scarf is Blue Faced Leicester, it’s super soft and huge, 86″ long (not including 12″ of fringe) by 14″ wide, almost as big as Lenny Kravitz’ scarf!

I think I have enough handspun left in my basket to make another huge scarf, I think I’ll make the next one wider but just as long.

Twill Complication

When I saw this pattern in “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book” I knew I had to make it and tencel really makes it shine! I used a dark teal as the warp and silver for the weft. It has a 66 thread repeat and there is a lot of different treadling in this pattern which keeps it interesting when weaving.

Sett: 24 EPI
Fiber: 8/2 Tencel
Threads: 330
Finished Width: 12.5″
Finished Length: 70″