Weaving: Canasta scarf finished

What a difference a little colour makes!

My initial sample for this scarf was really dull and lifeless so I’ve made a couple of changes.

Where I had the white & grey stripes, I’ve added in space dyed yarn – a mixture of deep green with orange and lime highlights.

new highlight yarn

The yarn is quite fine so I’ve used 4 threads together to match the thickness of the main yarn. I wound the warp so that the colours stacked, but offset the groups on the loom to mix the colours up a bit. I was able to tie the new yarns onto the old and pull them through so I didn’t need to rethread the loom.

colours are better

Then I changed the treadling to weave lace on the B blocks ( the opposite to the original scarf). The weaving was really quick and I finished the scarf in a couple of hours.

starting to weave

 

One of the things I love about lace weaves, is how the threads move once they are off the loom and even more after they are washed.  It’s also interesting to see the difference in colour between the plain weave and lace sections.  The plain weave is much more subdued.

scarf off the loom – threads already shifting

washed and drying – lace really shows up

It’s also interesting to see the difference in colour between the plain weave and lace sections.  Compare the middle lace stripe and the plain weave.  The are the same sections of the painted warp but the plain weave is much more subdued.

The finished scarf.  Definitely a keeper!

And as if to give the nod to the new colour scheme – this is what I found flowering out in the garden…

Pink-flowered Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium)

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