After ogling all the gorgeous Chanel fabrics (from Maison Lesage) on Pinterest, I thoughtfully created my warp and chose beads, buttons, silk ribbons, cotton lace and hand spun wool yarn for the weft, it took me almost a week to weave this mixed media scarf (modeled by my good friend, SewTara). I have another warp waiting it’s turn.
Swinging in the completely opposite direction, I chose to weave a classic pattern, herringbone, with hits of contrasting colour.
Needing some vibrancy, I warped the loom yet again with bright gem tone hand spun wool yarns.
I barely got it off the loom and it sold immediately when posted on Facebook!
Currently on my loom is more herringbone. The yarn was spun from Canadian Shetland (black), Est de Laine & Polypay (white). My plan is to felt the fabric and make a bag, I have 3 yards warped so lots of fabric for straps as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I knew that I had some out of print (OOP) fabrics, some I won’t let go but little did I know that prints I purchased 6 years ago are now rare. Take “Brrr!” by Laurie Wisbrun for example, no where can it be found for sale on Etsy!
Same goes for Tula Pink’s Parisville Cameo print. Who doesn’t like a squirrel on a lady’s head?