Sometimes a project just doesn’t live up to expectations and this scarf is one of them.
I wove this scarf way back in 2009 and it had major problems right from the get go. You can read about them here:
Even with all the problems there was something about this scarf which appealed to me and I wore if often and no one but me noticed all the weft threads moving about! What people did notice was the lovely beading I put on the fringe ends.
The centre checker board area has stood the test of time well and the weft threads kept in place.
However the long portions when I didn’t alternate the treadling is a different story, the weft yarns slip and slide with complete abandon!
I decided to give this glorious pattern another chance, surely I can fix the problem. I was determined to make a scarf that used these wonderful colours. The warp is made from two different reds, orange, gold, lemongrass green and silver. A true explosion of colour. The blue is shown as the proposed weft.
I have pulled enough warp for two scarves, each 177 cm (70 inches) long with 25.4 cm (10 inches) fringes and it weighs only 118 grams, so this pattern is a perfect use for the last few metres on a cone.
My weft of choice was 22/2 bombyx silk in a mid blue tone. I decided to weave the pattern in 5 cm blocks for stability. Well, this weft proved to be a mistake. It was nicely sticky, but too lofty. The silk beat in very densely. I was not double beating or beating hard by any means and I was still getting a board like web as well as that problem, the blue silk completely masked the wonderful weft colours. So out it came.
I was not enamoured of the selvedges either, but before I addressed that issue I decided to audition a few potential weft colours. These are from bottom to top, burgundy, Pompeii and spice tencel, all from Webs. The hot colours are a complete about face from the blue, but they are what I had.
I decided at this point that I didn’t like the width of the scarf or the selvedges in general. The original width was at 15 cm (5.9 inches) and I felt that was a tad small, so I went back to the computer draft and did some additions.
I added twelve ends to the left side of the original draft and fourteen to the right side. This allowed me to balance the selvedges.
To add the new selvedges I wound the warp onto the breast beam and then threaded additional ends through the reed and then then heddles before tying onto the back beam. I re-wound the warp and here it is ready to go.
I have only just begun the weave, but already I am happy with it. The weft colour is spice and I think this one may be a winner! I will keep one of these two scarves and I will move the beading over from the old iteration to mine.
I thought I’d keep you up to date on the progress of my Flying Dragon Orange. It is the size of a ping pong ball and now it is beginning to turn into a lovely yellow colour. Fingers crossed it will hold on until it’s ripe as the weather turns mighty cool at night!