WIP :: First Woven Scarf
|November 10, 2015||Posted by Lindsey under weaving, WIP|
Recently, I warped my Cricket Loom for my very first, very experimental, woven scarf.
I say experimental, because I’m playing around with a few different elements here to see what happens when you get creative with our yarns and try to stretch the bounds of your typical pattern a little bit.
First of all, I wanted to play around with some stripes in my warp, so I chose two colors that go really nicely together, but also have a lot of contrast.
Second of all, the only type of fiber I’ve used on this loom so far is our NatureSpun wool, and I really wanted to try out a combination of merino wool (for the warp) and alpaca (for the weft). However, both of those fibers are super thin, with just a single strand, at only about 4,000 yards per pound. I do have a 12-dent reed on the way, which will allow me to warp my loom with thinner yarns than the sport weight NatureSpun I’ve been using with my 8-dent reed, but until then, I’m going to make the yarn work with my loom, rather than the other way around. So here, I’ve decided that both my warp and my weft will be six-stranded.
I knew this might get dicey because, having warped these looms a few times now, I could certainly imagine what would happen if the tension of the strands was off by even just a small amount…not to mention separating the two (twelve) strands so that one can be pulled through the space next to the dent in the reed.
Surprisingly, it went rather smoothly. If given the option, I would definitely opt for choosing just a single-stranded yarn for the warp thread, which is certainly possible now that we’re carrying our DK superwash merino, but my verdict is the multi-stranded warping is do-able, and it really is no problem at all to use for the weft yarn.
Speaking of the weft yarn, that’s where the third layer of experimentation comes in with this scarf. I wanted to see how changing up the weft yarn in a gradual gradient technique would affect the look of the scarf, given that I’m going to do the entire thing in plain weave. I chose 3 colors of alpaca: dark purple, dark blue, and teal, and used those colors to make six different weft yarns, that I’m going to weave with in succession. They are:
And, because I’m going to weave with each of these different yarns until they’re gone, I simply wound these 6 combinations onto the same cone, and when one yarn ends, I’ll just start the next pick right where the last one left off.
Here you can see the dramatic difference in the woven fabric just from changing how hard I am beating after each pick.
Try your own hand at experimenting! We are holding our first project class on Wednesday, November 18th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We have Cricket Looms available to rent for $10/week, and beginner warping classes once a month.