I’ve finished my first project on Avril, the AVL. It’s a tone on tone No Tabby Crackle scarf.
I found the basic pattern on Handweaving.net. I used the program PCW to make all the changes I needed to make the pattern work for me and I’m really happy with the result.
Weaving on the AVL is taking some getting used to because the treadling is totally unique. I have to make sure that I am sitting directly over the treadles and that my whole foot is being used to depress the treadles. If I use just the ball of my foot the pain after a few minutes is like wearing 6” spike heels for a day!
For some reason my scarf turned out with quite a masculine feel, the tone on tone of olive and lemongrass makes the woven pattern fairly recessive. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but in no way flashy or dressy. Because of its’ overt masculinity, and because I love to add beads to my woven items; I only added a single seed bead to the cup of the twisted fringe, just a wee bit of bling!
I was worried about the hard beat I felt I was getting with Avril, and feared that it would turn out like a board. After washing the 2/8 Tencel really came into its own and it’s soft, supple and oh so shiny!