This yarn is Bernat Matrix and the colour is called Natural Network. I had used a similar yarn once before as warp with good results so I thought it would be a great use for it.
I pulled 94 ends and sett them at 12 ends per inch ~ 1 per dent in a 12 dent reed. I wanted this scarf to wear with a black blazer and since I’m really, really short; I pulled only 80 inches for warp length.
I knew that the end result I wanted was a loosely flowing scarf that had the ladder colours popping through randomly and an undulating twill appearance; so I threaded the loom in a straightforward 2/2 twill, and treadled it the same straight twill.
I made sure that I beat extremely lightly to allow the 2/8 tencel weft to slip and deflect over the colour spots in the ladder yarn.
While I was weaving the scarf I beat to maintain the 45 degreeish angle and aimed for 12 to 13 picks per inch. To achieve this I beat on the closed shed after changing pattern shafts. I basically laid each thread softly in place.
When I took the scarf off the loom it looked like the weft had pretty well covered the warp, but after washing I got MAGIC! It really moved around and gave the ladders lots of play room.
The Tencel weft slipped around and started to look more like the undulating twill I had hoped for. The ribbon popped out here and there and it looks great.
A great stash buster for me too!
The garden shot for today is Cotinus Coggygria 'Golden Sprite' (Golden Smoke tree), amazingly the new leaves come out almost burgundy in colour. I coppiced this shrub in late winter to encourage lots of leaves and few flowers.