My idea was to make two summer weight scarves. I found a lovely pattern in the book 200 Patterns for Multiple Harness Looms by Russell E. Groft; the pattern is called Mother of Pearl Pink.
I used 2/20 tencel set at 45 epi; 7 inches in a 15 dent reed, sleyed at 3 per dent. This gave me 315 ends. I put on 6 yards for 2 scarves, each 70” long with 8” fringes.
I wove the first scarf with gold 2/20 mercerized cotton and loved the look, but didn’t like my edges (this was before I bought my end feed shuttle!). I decided that the best way to deal with the edges was to bead the edges every 2” with seed beads and to make the scarf crimp in by pulling the beads in tightly I also added long bead runs to the fringe. I love this scarf and it is now one of my favourite to wear.
The second scarf was an opportunity to use some 2/20 procion dyed tencel that I had dyed at a Monashee Guilds’ dye day. The colour run is very fresh, but….the white tencel dulled it out a bit. I also didn’t like the fact that the scarf was turquoise, but the fringe was white. I decided to dye the fringe in a diluted procion dye bath. I soaked the fringe in mordant and then placed it in a cup of turquoise dye and allowed it to wick up the fringe. Much better, but the scarf needed more. I found some lovely silver butterfly beads and added them to the fringe along with seed beads and as a final detail I added butterfly’s to the centre of the scarf so that when worn folded the silver detail shows.
I had a gathering of Spinners coming up and wanting to show something to the group I decided to tie onto this warp. The previous year I had won a bag of Baby Camel Down and decided to use it and make a shawl. I tied on a handspun 2 ply Merino wool warp set at 10 epi; 30 inches in a 10 dent reed, sleyed 1 per dent. This gave me 300 ends. I put on 3-1/2 yards for 1 shawl. The Baby Camel Down is the weft. It really does look different from the scarves but came from the same pattern and treadling.
I'd like to thank Frick and Frack for their modelling!