This was such a great silk scarf to weave! I used some of my own hand spun silk that I dyed medium blue with purple and red patches.
The silk is about the same thickness as 2/6 cotton, so the sett was 20 epi; so needless to say with a sett like that it wove up very quickly.As usual for me, I had to try several wefts before I was sure that navy 2/8 tencel was the right one. This makes the scarf essentially warp faced, but with hand painted silk, that’s a good thing. I just noticed that my shoe in the picture matches the warp!
The pattern is on that I’ve woven before and loved….8 shaft 10 treadle, advancing networked twill. This pattern is treadled very similarly to summer and winter or overshot because you treadle a tabby pick between each of the pattern picks. This gives the fabric really lovely structure.
This is ‘freeform weaving’ in that as long as you make sure to put in the tabby and to run the sequences in order ~ advancing or declining~ you can treadle it however you like. I love to have the ability to make each scarf completely unique. I have enough shafts that I could turn the draft to make treadling easier, but then I wouldn't have the ability to free weave as easily ~ a conundrum to say the least.
My Tour de France socks are progressing nicely and I will probably finish them tonight on Stage 13….the first thing in my Christmas Present stash!
I bought a 100 gram skein of sock yarn and split it into 2x50 gram balls and before I started to knit I lined up the sequence so my socks would match. I'm trying something new for me ~ I knit the instep of the socks in ribbing to help keep them in place and not bunch up in shoes....here's hoping it works!
Just a pretty garden shot to finish up ~ this is Masterwort (Astrantia major ), don't you love the little native bee!