This is my third post about patterned double weave, it’s so fascinating! Sample 3 of my recent study inspired me to design and weave a scarf with a mixture of colors that remind me of the beauty of corals.
Weaving the scarf was easy because I simply tied the new warp to the old one that was still on the loom from my study. I removed some warp ends to get the number of repeats of the pattern that I wanted and resleyed the reed to a wider sett. But after finishing this scarf I decided to tie on yet another warp, change the tie-up to a twill, with the goal of weaving a single layer scarf that is finer, more subtle, and that drapes even better.
Here are images of both scarves, their weaving drafts, and a few additional notes about each:
Double Weave Coral Scarf:
For the warp I used a light blue/yellow space-dyed 10/2 linen I had in my stash from the days I dyed some of my own yarns and a reddish, variegated, slub cotton of similar thickness, and for the weft an orange and light grey 5/2 pearl cotton, with a sett of 24 e.p.i., sleyed 2 per dent in a 12-dent reed, and about the same p.p.i. This is looser than I would normally weave the plain weave layers using the same yarns; I was trying to avoid a finished cloth that would be too thick and stiff to wear as a scarf.
After I cut the unfinished scarf off the loom, I twisted the fringes from the 7″ of unwoven warp I left on both ends for this purpose, twisting 3 ends with 3 ends, light colors together and dark colors together rather than mixing them because I thought it looked better this way with the overall design of this scarf.
The next step was washing the scarf by hand, drying it flat but steam ironing while it was still damp. The overall shrinkage was about 10%, fairly even among the different yarns, and the fringes ended up being about 5″ long. The looser sett and lighter beating of the weft did help make the finished scarf drape fairly well, it has a lovely sheen and doesn’t feel too thick. I like how the different yarns combined to create an interesting effect, but I would recommend using silk, Tencel, rayon or a loosely twisted cotton yarn for an even better drape. How about something like this:
Twill Chocolate Scarf:
When our friend, Janie, saw this scarf while it was still on the loom, the first thing she said was “chocolate” so “chocolate” it is!
For the warp I used a 2-ply knitting type rayon yarn and for the weft a loosely twisted cotton, similar to embroidery thread with a nice sheen. Both these yarns worked well at 24 e.p.i. Wet finishing was the same as for the Coral Scarf. I machine stitched the two ends and left about 3″ of loose warp for the fringes.
Variation on a theme, that’s what it felt like to weave these two scarves, it was so much fun and a great learning experience.