Update on the rose coloured twill napkins – they are making a lovely pile on the floor by the sewing machine! Meanwhile I have already started and finished another project, 8 Harness Bead Leno Scarf. This scarf is 2/8 Tencel and the colour is Blueberry.
The idea for this project came from Mum as she is developing a workshop. One of the projects is 8 Harness Bead Leno and, well, who better than me to test out the project?!
When I pull on a warp, my lashing can be a little uneven and the bar will bow a bit. To help me be more consistent I used these shower curtain rings to keep the two bars evenly spaced while I am separating the threads onto the raddle; then it holds everything nicely in place for the lashing itself. The rings are too large to keep on permanently on the warp but I am keeping my eye open for something smaller that could work. Wouldn’t that be nice – no lashing at all?
The 8 Harness Bead Leno produces 2 blocks of Bead Leno, all Bead Leno and all basket weave. So there is more variation that can be done than what I’m showing. In the picture below is just two blocks of Bead Leno. While on the loom the smaller squares of Bead Leno are circular but after the scarf is washed the small squares relax and appear blockier which is a little sad as I liked the circular affect.
The scarf was quickly woven up; I think that the longest time I spent on the scarf was the finishing. But it is so worth every moment, the beads add shine and are still light in keeping with the weight of the scarf.
The scarf has a lovely drape and shine that didn’t truly came through until the final pressing. This scarf is something special.
On a different note there are three forest fires in the area around us so we are inundated with smoke and ash. You may have heard about them on the news, two are the fires in West Kelowna and one is much closer to us in Fintry. We are about 50+ km away from the fires so we should be OK, but the smoke is horrid. Two of the fires are almost fully contained, thankfully as they are the ones that are burning close to homes, and only 3 were lost. The big fire called the Terrace Mountain fire, at 1500 hectares and growing, is the one that is mainly responsible for the smoke and ash. This photo was taken last night and the hills that you can’t see clearly are less than a km away.
This photo is of the ash that is coming down like snow at Christmas!
This is the sunset through the smoke and ash.