Centerweave

My journey into the world of weaving


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Scarves finished, holiday frenzy

I finished the scarves.

The green one is 7 inches wide; 57 inches in length.
The lilac one is also 7 inches wide; 64 inches in length. So they both lost .5 in width; 6 inches in length.

Lilac:
lilac scarf

Green:
green scarf

They are ready for their new owners!

The frenzy comes from me realizing that while all my pieces have been washed, dried, and loose ends snipped, I did not finish off the fringe! So I am snipping there on everything. Then everything gets wrapped up!

Whew. Everyone is getting a handwoven! I’ll be done by the weekend, I should think. Then I’ll take a deep breath and get ready for my big project: to self-instruct in some advanced weaving techniques. I’ll gladly accept any tips or hints on this!


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Purple scarf begun

I finished the green. Hemstitching took a long time for some reason. On the loom, measurements are 67 inches in length, 7.25 in width, and 7 inches of fringe on each end.

I began the purple scarf. I’m figuring I’ll be finishing this one within a couple of weeks – just in time for Christmas!
purple


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Green scarf begun

And not without error! I had woven the filler and the tabby margin when I noticed one of the ends wasn’t lifting up all the way in the shed. Holding it, I was able to follow its path back to the heddles where I saw one end had twisted around another heddle! I thought I had double checked those heddles! So everything came out and I untied that particular bunch and rethreaded the two ends and sleyed them as well. Then I wove the filler and the tabby margin once more. Not a tragedy because the selvedges looked better this second time around!

I am 20 inches into this project. It is complex. I have lost focus once and had to unweave about 8 ends and then try to find my place in the pattern which I did.

Green Scarf


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New project beamed

I have the new project (2 scarves) beamed onto the loom! So far, this project has been without error! I am enjoying that but well aware that anything can happen!

I have chosen a herringbone twill pattern for the first scarf. I may change pattern for the second as I did for the first set. The treadling is pretty complex so that means focus! But I imaging they will go quickly. They are 8 inches wide on the loom and I have a 5.5 warp. The fiber is 8/2 pearl cotton. Same colors as the first set!

colors

I will thread the heddles and sley the reed today, most likely, avoiding household chores!


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Scarves finished

The scarves are finished. Washed, dried, ends snipped where needed. And measurements done.

Very interesting. Somehow I neglected to weave the extra length to account for shrinkage! I haven’t done that before. So the purple, which was beaten more vigorously shrank 6 inches, down to 52 inches in length. The green with a looser beat shrank 4 inches to 54 inches. In width, they both shrank and took up an inch. So the final width is 11 inches. Fringe also shrank from 6 inches to 5.

Not quite what I imagined but I am happy all the same with the weaving.
Here they are:

Finished scarves

I sat right down, with all of this in mind, and planned the next set of scarves with the same yarn. They are going to be narrower in width – 7 inches. They will be 60 inches in length and I will ensure that with weaving extra. And the fringe will also be long enough.

For pattern, I am going to look at twills still but perhaps more “electricity”!

There is no getting into comfortable grooves with weaving, I am finding. Each has taught me different things and just when I think I have mastered “something”, my weaving experience tells me differently. But I find it all absorbing and I am still totally engaged!