The snowflake twill warp is now off the loom and complete.
I feel very pleased with how they turned out. There were two scarves but I'm only showing you one today. If I showed you both, then one would be your favourite and I think they both are lovely and deserve equal billing. This one is the brash, louder version. The "show off" if you like....
The warp is the new ecru shade of 8/2 tencel at Web's, sett 24 epi and despite the complexity of the pattern, its only eight shafts and eight treadles. The weft is 8/2 tencel in silver. In the picture above, it almost looks like it has a touch of blue to it. While weaving it I was amazed at how blue it did look... almost a wedgwood blue. That was indoors in warm lighting and outdoors, it turns silver.
Its a twill progression, with point twill in-between and on the borders. The first I saw of this design it was being used by Jane Evans and Gudrun Weisinger and I fell in love with it. You can find the design in Weavers Magazine, or in their compilation "Twill Thrills". I modified the draft to fit my scarf dimensions. If this sort of twill is something that you like and want to learn more you can find information in:
- Weavers magazine issues 13 and 18 ( and maybe more! ) For those of you with access to older copies as its now out of print.
- An older post of mine here (have you checked out Topic Shopping above?)
- Heddle Craft is a new online weaving publication by Robyn Spady, which features twill progressions, or advancing twills as come call it in her first issue. Check it out!
- Twill Thrills and Madelyn van der Hoogt's Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers
I have woven many many projects of snow flake twill over the years and so now have the treadling run embedded in my brain. I don't need a cheat sheet any longer. It does seem like I must work to keep my attention on the task at hand though! Have you ever driven a car and got to your destination and then realize that you can't recall how you got there? You did it on "cruise control" of the brain?
I did that with weaving this time. I was saying the twill runs out loud and had a good pace going.... and then I zoned out (or zen as some weavers like to say). When I came to again by repeating some numbers which to my zenned brain were too soon to be repeated again, I stopped and really looked down at the cloth. It was quite something and none of it resembled a snowflake or even twill.
I had to cut the weft out as I would have to step on almost every treadle, every time to find the right one. Sadly I forgot to take a picture. I can't recommend weaving on autopilot unless you have a dobby loom.
So this scarf measures 8 inches by 76 inches and has a long delicate fringe.
Next time.... its quieter cousin ......and a visit by a genuine antique.