After the wonderful success that Ngaire had with her scarves, I jumped on that glittery bandwagon! This style of collapse weave really reminded me of a Fortuny dress, with all the stunning pleats and the ability to curve and hug the body.
Hoping to expand on the theme I decided to weave my scarves using Cobweb Merino Wool, Cotton Slub and Lumeya glitter. The Cobweb Merino is in a pale, pale lavender, the Cotton Slub is soft white and the Lumeya glitter is pure silver. It is a really lovely combination with an overall soft grey vibe.
Pulling the warp did not start out well because I was trying to pull the cobweb merino and the glitter together since they would ultimately share a heddle, this seemed like a good plan at the time. But, they had such hugely different levels of stretchyness it was a nightmare! Started again and pulled each of the different warp threads separately and it was much better.
Putting the warp on the loom went fairly well and using this pipe insulator really helped the ends not tangle in the raddle. [This was the same piece of foam that Ngaire used to even out her tension on her collapse weave.] The end of the warping process left the final few inches a tad snarly though.
I do love a photo of the warp when it is all organized.
Weaving plain weave was pretty boring, but using super fine over-twisted wool added interest and a little bit of trepidation, especially on the selvedges. It is absolutely imperative to beat on the following closed shed to maintain the loose, even beat.
The two scarves came off the loom essentially the same size and they are absolutely gossamer-like before washing.
After a long soak in Eucalan and the hottest water I could get they were squeezed dry and then popped into a hot dryer to tumble and transform for twenty minutes.
Voila! They are stunners and truly resemble the pleats in a Mariano Fortuny dress. I’m so sorry that the weather is so very grey and that I can’t capture the amazing sparkle, but trust me, sparkle they do!
I bought an Amaryllis bulb last month and she’s a looker!
Merry Christmas Everyone.