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 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. (SOLD)
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.