So, cutting right to the chase... this shawl is Navajo and the third one in a series I have woven recently. The other two were Little Lochmaben and Aurora. I made some subtle changes to not only colours but the stripe arrangements and the colours of course.
I let my eyes choose the colours and I pulled together a variegated warp that had a turquoise blue that ranged through to soft burnt orange. The main colour is called adobe and I also used black as part of the stripes to frame the colours and to use as weft. The warp is 8/2 tencel and the weft is 10/2 tencel. I was trying to reduce the size of the pattern blocks a bit, which it did by a small amount. (Details and data on setts and such are in the previous posts.)
It loaded onto the loom nicely and threading went well....
I wove for a sample to start and used it to check my threading for errors and it was fine and so weaving got underway. I chose the first treadling I had done in Little Lochmaben which was "treadle as threaded".
A bit of a pain in the ar$e but it is what it is! So weaving got under way but some days it sat and waited as the receiving blankets took precedence (of course!) When I had 43 inches woven I could see the back side under the loom as it wound on and something didn't look quite right in one small slim black section. That is when I found the crossed thread behind the reed. Louet looms give you a BIG shed and so even a crossed thread doesn't interfere with a determined weaver. I can't recall the last time I had a crossed thread....its been years! Apparently I've become a little complacent... There was a huge long float that ranged for inches on the back side as a result and had to be fixed....
So I cut and picked out all 43 inches of what I had woven, fixed the crossed threads and started again... *sigh*
Finally it was off the loom and sat to cool its jets for a bit on the fringing board. Some bouts I braided and for the main part I twisted! This past week I completed the beading that has a unique flair. Here it is hanging to dry after its wash yesterday:
This morning it was given a hard pressing and the fringe trimmed up and 'we' (that be Calli and I) snapped a few pictures for you. It was hard to get a photo without a dog in it! There would be a tail in a corner... or a nose.
The special finishing feature? feathers.... little feathers in the beading.
I also like the way the variegated colours flow and add life to the darker shades...
While I wove three very different shawls, they are all very similar but have a different tone or feel when you wear them. Almost a 'mood' if you will.
And now because I'm a new Nana and its MY blog:
Here he is sleeping away under the blanket that Nana made for him at one week old, this past Monday.