To be truthful I would much prefer to show you an entire project from start to finish in one post but I must multi-task in the studio .... and then there's that real life stuff to deal with too.
Is it wrong to envy weavers in eastern parts who have snow days still? They can weave away guilt free! I look out the window and the weeds smirk at me and the lawn is growing two inches a day.
Enough of my whining...
So last time I wrote, the first two scarves "Eggplant to Olive" tencel were off the loom and a new colour set under way. As part of the multi-tasking, I would take a break and work on fringe twisting.
I usually put on some snappy music to accompany the twister workout. It moves along nicely and soon, with many breaks for tossing a ball for Calli, they were finally done. I rummaged through the bead stash and found I had nothing suitable to match the eggplant / burgundy. (There's that mysterious hole in the stash again.) I had various greens and even olive tones so I worked on the olive scarf first.
Then, time to tackle the eggplant version...
The centre colour is an old gold shade and so I decided to play off of that colour and I have a good selection of gold tone beads to choose from. I settled on gold stars and multi toned gold seed beads and kept it simple. The eggplant weft seems to suck the green out of the olive warp and tone it right down. That's because they are opposites on the colour wheel (well close enough).
Not long after that, I had a friend Lindi over and she was looking at the finished scarves that had yet to go into the laundry tub for hand washing. Now she's familiar with tencel when its all soft and drapey and so it came as a big surprise when she felt the 'loom state' cloth. Its stiff, bumpy and quite unappealing. I told her the washing and pressing is what really completes the project. Especially the pressing part! I hard press the cloth like no other owner of the scarf would ever do. I bear down with a steam iron and flatten the cloth. It sets the threads into place and from then on, just normal hand wash and a light press will be all it needs.
If you buy commercial made fabric its full of sizing and smells funny. You wash before wearing it or using it for sewing. We do the same with our handwovens because they are not ready for use until you do.
In these two pictures above, I've tried to capture the cloth before and after washing/ pressing. The difference is noticeable! See what I mean about the eggplant sucking the green from the olive?
So that's Eggplant and now meet its alter ego, Olive:
I really enjoyed weaving these and looking forward to showing you the next set when they are done. I'm half way through the second scarf , but with a trip away coming up soon, there will be a debut of an older project next time...
I'll leave you with a new studio acquisition (after all my sales!) My first Bluster Bay end delivery shuttle and some African wenge wood shuttles:
Its made from curly walnut and I can't wait to give it a try on the next new project!