One scarf done; project plans

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About four or five hours of work later (I didn’t keep track of it) and you have the above result. It’s been over a year since I last took up my loom and I’d only taken on two projects prior to this one. The middle child (elder twin by about 3 minutes) chose the colors (yellow warp, rainbow weft) and I think it turned out good, for my being out of practice and still an amateur. With some exceptions, I am improving on my technique, but nothing I would try to charge for.

I did pick up a book on card/tablet weaving that arrived on Monday. I didn’t get around to skimming it until this afternoon, but I think I have the general gist of how the process works, so don’t be surprised if I try to show off a few decorative bands in the next few weeks as I attempt to grasp just how to best do them so I can try to take on a Celtic knot pattern for decorative trim on the project I have in mind after I make the youngest her scarf, which has some “interesting” color combinations (rainbow as above and purple/white ombre).

I had originally mentioned I was thinking of making a cloak, but I recently saw a unisex shawl that grabbed my attention for the fact that it was basically two panels of large woven cloth sewn together to make a “blanket”-like shawl with a pinned brooch. So, today I ordered some 100% wool (hopefully enough to build this beast) and, instead of weaving patterns, I am planning a single-color bit of fabric (heather brown, according to the manufacturer) or, rather, two pieces that I will then sew together to form approximately a 44-in by 86-in woolen shawl that could double as a blanket:

If I can manage the trim idea, I will create and then sew on cream/wine Celtic knots down both of the long sides. Large project, but should be a beauty when I am done.

10 thoughts on “One scarf done; project plans

    1. Thanks 🙂

      It’s interesting, even straight weaving patterns, once you delve into it. It draws me in a way similar to how crafting espresso drew me — it’s something almost anyone can do, but there are subtleties that make the difference between a standard handwoven product and something special.

      Needless to say, while I can see the ghost of those elements, I am still just making standard stuff at the moment.

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  1. What a beautiful scarf! The cloak idea sounds fantastic. Who doesn’t want to weave their own magical cloak? I wonder if you can add tiny bits of raven feathers or other natural items into the loom? Obviously I have no idea how it works.

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    1. I could possibly, but I’m a complete novice. It would probably be better as attachments, rather than the weave itself (sewn on after the fact).

      My daughter has already taken to wearing it to school. But only on the colder days. I suspect she will soon enough now that we’re looking at below freezing temps relatively soon.

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    1. Thank you, Harshi. I’m still learning the very basics, so it is a but a humble scarf, nothing really fancy.

      It is a great method of meditating when you keep it simple and you can convince the kids to not try to hold a conversation while you are weaving, lol.

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