Last autumn I had an order of six cones of various yarn from Webb's arrive and when I opened the box there were seven cones. It seems I inadvertently ordered two cones of fuchsia 8/2 tencel. Oops! I thought I might as well jump right in and do something special with it then.
Two shawls, all with fuchsia as warp.
The 16 shaft draft below really appealed to me as you can have a decorative border all four sides. It's also reversible which makes it ideal for shawl or scarf wearing, or even a nice table runner.
The first shawl was woven using amethyst tencel as weft and I wasn't too sure if it was the right choice but I kept on with it. Then Hub wandered in and saw it and said "its kind of blah" and I immediately jumped to its defence and said not everyone wants to strut around like a peacock. Besides, fuchsia is not exactly a quiet colour! Quietly elegant is what I had in mind.
This picture taken while still on the loom shows the leading border. The centre of the whole draft is goose eye twill diamonds and so I settled into some steady weaving. Except for some abrasion issues with my floating selvedge on the right hand side. I had to do some repairs on the fly. The next issue was some softening of the tension in a spot or two. I kept going but had decided to cut off the first shawl and then re-tie back on and hopefully eliminate my tension problems.
In these two pictures I was preparing the fringe allowance and getting ready to twist the fringe. The cloth hasn't been washed and just as it came of the loom and you could see the potential already! These two pictures were taken by Hub and he had revised his opinion already.
So after a good wash by hand and a night drying on the rack, it was given two pressings. The first with the steam press, and a second by hand iron to smooth and bring out the shine. The steam press helps me a great deal as I have arthritis in my hands and I'd rather save them for shuttle throwing! You pick your battles as you get older.
The sun finally reappeared and it sure does feel like spring on a day like this. I've seen a few robins, and a whole flock of red wing blackbirds this morning, and there are some shoots coming up for the start of a new growing season.
Below you can see the borders.
The drape is just lovely.
I was trying all angles to get the best view. When viewed inside the house, the pattern sort of blends into the background and is not as obvious until the light hits it.
The second shawl is under way and the tension is much better. I'm also using a temple this time and so the tempo is a bit slower. No one is going to call this one blah..... here's a sneak peek!