Sunday, February 6, 2011

Clasped Weft ~ Piano Duet

Lola Louet was naked for less then an hour before I had her beamed with the Chenille warp for the second batch of piano scarves. And an hour after that I was ready to weave again! There is something to say for 6 epi!
I had to change the pattern a little bit because there is slightly different shrinkage between a Tencel warp and a chenille warp, the thickness of the warp also made a difference and I wanted the scarves to end up the same width as my first batch of piano scarves.
I finished both of the piano scarves and they were the same length! Although I still had a lot of warp left. I carefully measured and I had enough to do another scarf! The last warp I did for the piano scarves was the same length as this one and I had run out of warp, go figure! As the only difference is that I had sampled, so the only explanation I have is that the evil sampling gnome ate my warp on the first set of scarves!

I didn’t want to do another piano scarf so I came up with the idea to do a scarf with a barcode. I sat down with a can of tomato soup (the famous one) and wrote down the barcode and then I expanded it so it would be about 1/3 of the scarf length.
It was a lot of fun to weave the barcode scarf and it wove up very quickly which was a nice change from the painstakingly slow piano pattern. At the end of the warp I had about 8” left!
Here is a photo of the barcode scarf off the loom. I wanted the scarf to be mostly white with the barcode on one side. It's really very graphic and I wanted to balance the stripes with the white. I really love this scarf and the whole barcode idea and I think that I will expand the idea in the future.
Below is a picture of the two piano scarves and they look great, even if I do say so myself!
The finished scarves have lovely drape and a fantastic feel to them. I can’t show you the finished scarves because I forgot to take pictures of them and they were gone very quickly! I can’t believe it! But here is a photo of the Barcode scarf and you can get an idea of the lushness of the other scarves.

5 comments:

Susan Harvey said...

You certainly have been coming up with some fresh and unique ideas!

I look around the house and wonder what will inspire you next. :)

Have you thought of laying in a tomato "Theo Mormon style" to compliment the bar code?

See... you have me thinking!

Susan

Tina J said...

Great job and a great idea! I never would have thought of the barcode!

India said...

Just beautiful.

Peg Cherre said...

The scarves, both piano and barcode, are stunningly beautiful! The b&w contrasts are certainly eye catching and appealing.

Maggie said...

The first thing I thought of when I read about the bar code was a red thread running through it for the laser, maybe using electric threads a la Syne Mitchell!
The piano scarves are beautiful!