Thursday, January 7, 2016

Eight Shaft Crackle Weave Scarf

I’ve had this scarf off the loom for over a week and I am finally getting ready to do the finishing touches, but here is a preview before the ends have been twisted.
The warp is 2/22 silk that I dyed last summer; I used Procion MX to paint half of the warp soft teal green and the other half a mid tone fuchsia, reversing the sides half way.   These two colours are magnificent together! I use several sections of sumac knotting to hold the warps in place while I paint them, it also holds everything in place while warping.
My pattern based on an eight shaft pattern I found on Handweaving.net in Ralph Griswalds 'Crackle Weave Book'.  Of course I made a few changes to make the pattern work for me, but here is the draft I started with.  Handweaving.net is an amazing resource when you are looking for something new to try, but be prepared to be sucked in….you can look for hours and hours!
The repeat for the motif is 234 picks, so it is a challenging weave but still do-able because it is based on advancing twill so there are some nice runs.
This photo shows my simple warp stretcher made from paper clips and weights. I find keeping the warp taut while weaving helps with the selvedges.

My final scarf has 8 complete pattern repeats and I must admit I’m really pleased with the results.  I think next time I will work on the section that connects the motif to see if I can tighten it up a bit.
This scarf is amazingly supple because of the floats in the crackle weave structure, but it still has a lot of integrity because of the sections of plain weave, as seen in the close-up photo below ~ really a lovely pattern!
I just took this photo a few minutes ago ~ we have thick fog and this is the fog dripping off the Pieris japaonica blossoms.

5 comments:

Cindie said...

Stunning Scarf!

Peg Cherre said...

I agree that the scarf is stunning. And it's color coordinated with the pieris japonica. Is that where you got your color inspiration?

Lynnette said...

I wish I could say yes, that the plant inspired the scarf, but alas, it was just an accidental placement of two yarn cones in a cupboard ~ not nearly as poetic is it?

Raga Brown said...

Hi Lynette, I have visited Dust Bunnies from time to time since I started weaving. I really enjoy the name & what you all do. I love my weaving and, although I have woven a lot, I have never ventured into Crackle or Overshot etc.
I weave pretty much by myself, as a lot of us do, in England and in Australia so I don't have many people to ask questions of, especially if I think the question might be a little 'stupid' even tho there are no stupid questions.
I really loved your 8 shaft Crackle weave & just want 'to do it!' and altho I know that tabby picks go in after every weft pick & the tabby is usually the same yarn/colour as the warp on 4 Shaft Crackle. Is it the same on 8 shaft crackle. Logically it is the same. I just need confirmation. I have visited Handweaving & seen Ralph Griswold's weaving drafts & am TOTALLY Inspired. So can you help. Thanks Raga

Lynnette said...

Hi Raga,
I guess the first thing I should tell you is that I seldom weave a crackle pattern without turning it. I really don't like to do two shuttle weaves for scarves or shawls because of the poor quality of the selvedges. You will find that almost all of the Griswald crackle patterns on Handweaving.net have been turned, and that sure makes the weaving easier. That was a real Epiphany for me and it opened up a whole slew of great designs. If I can give you one piece of advice, sett the web a bit closer, as for tight twill, when weaving crackle because it is a very open weave and can become a bit sleazy if not sett closely.