Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lemonade out of Lemons

I made a little mistake when I pulled the warp for the polka dot scarves.  I had changed the draft making the scarves narrower than the originals that Mum made, but I forgot to change the corresponding information in the notes.  So I pulled the warp with the original numbers of ends.  Unfortunately I didn’t figure that out until I had threaded the loom and found that I had 42 ends extra.  It was too much yarn to throw away so I had to use it. That’s how these wonderful scarves started out!

I found a Fancy Twill on 12 shafts and 12 treadles with a really interesting motif.  The pattern repeat is huge, about 10 inches, so careful treadling was required.  But the motif is really worth it, very sophisticated looking.
I love the large scale of the pattern repeat and the colour combination of lemongrass and navy.  The lemongrass really warms up the navy warp.     
The second scarf was going to have a different intricate pattern repeat but with the house being sold there just wasn’t time for it.  So I went with a Point Twill treadling and powered through the scarf in two days, a couple of hours per day. 
The silver of the weft just gleams against the navy warp.  The diamond motif is very striking.  The treadling wasn’t my first choice but I really like it. 
I would definitely use this draft again and I think that there are a lot more variations to be discovered.
These are the last scarves to be woven at this house.  The packing has started in earnest and there is no more time to weave until we get to the new house in only a few days time! 


Unknown said...

I like both of your scarves!!

Valerie said...

Lovely scarves!! And the source of the 12 shaft draft is....?

Good luck with the move. Such excitement! and at such an exciting time of the year.

dorothylochmaben said...

Hi - lovely scarves, I think the blue one is my favourite !
All the best with the packing and the move !

FlashyFiber said...

Love the scarves!! Beautiful design.

Maggie said...

I always fall in love with that lemongrass color, and then don't know what to do with it! I love the navy with it!