Jeez….did I ever blow it! I wanted to make a couple of scarves using Turned Taqueté and I wanted them to stand apart from the other scarves that I had done lately. Basically I didn’t want any hint of purple, I wanted spring like colours. I chose this lovely yellow called lemon drop and silver, very classic I thought and they followed very loose ‘rule’ for Turned Taqueté – different hues but close in value. I like it! The weft was to be 2/20 black Tencel. It was awful…the effect was dotty and didn’t do the lovely warp justice. So my quest began. Still in keeping with my original plan I tried 2/8 Tencel in charcoal. A lot softer looking than the stark black, but it made the silver a bit dull and lifeless. So then I thought, why not bring in something to compliment the yellow. This dark orange 2/8 rayon, just made everything look dirty. Now I’m getting a bit anxious, so thinking of clearly defined contrasts I tried this 2/8 rayon slub in blue. It made the silver look grey and the yellow look washed out. Thinking that maybe I needed something not so contrasting I tried this 2/8 mercerized cotton in celery. No, no no! Blah… My blood pressure is rising and I reach for the Orlec 2/8.5 is a bit heavy, but the range of colours I have in Orlec made me want to try. This lovely blue/green just made the whole scarf look too sweet – rather candy ish – not for me. Why not try….2/8.5 Orlec again, this time pink! I’m blind…..OMG…. it’s the Valley Girl! I’m trying to be colour brave, but this just scared me. I caved…..yup its purple 2/8 Tencel. I feel a little defeated, but damn it’s lovely! This is my first Turned Taqueté scarf. The purple made the silver appear lavender, but it’s a lovely and subtle. This shows 2 pattern repeats, each repeat is just under 5 inches in length. I am using 8 shafts and 10 treadles for this weave, that gives me 8 pattern treadles and 2 tie down treadles, as Taqueté is a two tied weave.
I put on enough warp for two scarves, so now the hunt for my next weft begins. Today is a Procion MX dye day so I’m thinking maybe a painted weft?