Sunday, February 6, 2011

Clasped Weft ~ Piano Duet

Lola Louet was naked for less then an hour before I had her beamed with the Chenille warp for the second batch of piano scarves. And an hour after that I was ready to weave again! There is something to say for 6 epi!
I had to change the pattern a little bit because there is slightly different shrinkage between a Tencel warp and a chenille warp, the thickness of the warp also made a difference and I wanted the scarves to end up the same width as my first batch of piano scarves.
I finished both of the piano scarves and they were the same length! Although I still had a lot of warp left. I carefully measured and I had enough to do another scarf! The last warp I did for the piano scarves was the same length as this one and I had run out of warp, go figure! As the only difference is that I had sampled, so the only explanation I have is that the evil sampling gnome ate my warp on the first set of scarves!

I didn’t want to do another piano scarf so I came up with the idea to do a scarf with a barcode. I sat down with a can of tomato soup (the famous one) and wrote down the barcode and then I expanded it so it would be about 1/3 of the scarf length.
It was a lot of fun to weave the barcode scarf and it wove up very quickly which was a nice change from the painstakingly slow piano pattern. At the end of the warp I had about 8” left!
Here is a photo of the barcode scarf off the loom. I wanted the scarf to be mostly white with the barcode on one side. It's really very graphic and I wanted to balance the stripes with the white. I really love this scarf and the whole barcode idea and I think that I will expand the idea in the future.
Below is a picture of the two piano scarves and they look great, even if I do say so myself!
The finished scarves have lovely drape and a fantastic feel to them. I can’t show you the finished scarves because I forgot to take pictures of them and they were gone very quickly! I can’t believe it! But here is a photo of the Barcode scarf and you can get an idea of the lushness of the other scarves.


Susan said...

You certainly have been coming up with some fresh and unique ideas!

I look around the house and wonder what will inspire you next. :)

Have you thought of laying in a tomato "Theo Mormon style" to compliment the bar code?

See... you have me thinking!


Tina J said...

Great job and a great idea! I never would have thought of the barcode!

India said...

Just beautiful.

Peg Cherre said...

The scarves, both piano and barcode, are stunningly beautiful! The b&w contrasts are certainly eye catching and appealing.

Maggie said...

The first thing I thought of when I read about the bar code was a red thread running through it for the laser, maybe using electric threads a la Syne Mitchell!
The piano scarves are beautiful!