Another week, another painted silk scarf, another conundrum; this seems to be the never ending theme of my weaving life.
I picked a lovely teal and purple warp because I thought it would be any easy one to find a weft for and this could not have been more wrong! But, I’m getting ahead of myself because the first thing I do is pick the pattern I’m going to weave.
The 12 Shaft Advancing Twill draft has large diamonds and has quite a large repeat of 95 threads. It is amazingly pretty and gives spots of weft, spots of warp and a definite diagonal.
Ngaire wove this scarf a while ago and I thought it was time for a re-visit. Ngaires full post can be found here.
Now that I had the painted warp chosen and the pattern, now choosing the weft for the scarf.
I lined up the first of the possible candidates: magenta, dark teal, eggplant, light teal and mauve. I draped the warp over them and was able to delete a couple right away.
I was down to dark teal, magenta and mauve and these I took to the loom to trial out.
I wove a few picks of each and just for the heck of it I added silver. The dark teal made the purple look brown, so no to that one. The magenta was exciting, but took over the whole scarf, again a big no. The silver made the warp fade into the background, a resounding no. The mauve was the only choice for me. It made the warp colour show through and rosey’d up the purple.
We have been in a November fog for days now, so getting a photo has been a challenge, it is so, so grey outside! Here is an early photo of the scarf showing the lovely shine as it goes over the breast beam.
And another from a slightly different angle.
Now that gardening season over for awhile, time to hit the knitting needles. This is my latest project using hand spun natural merino and hand spun merino/silk blend in dark purple. I’m quite pleased with it and I know it will look even better once I block it. The pattern is called FARA Hat, by Anniki Leppik and I bought the pattern on Ravelry.