[The project pictured here was woven by a specially trained stunt weaver in a locked studio. Do not attempt.]
This weaving is a scarf and it is yet another example of my mission to destash, sweep clean, and make presentable my studio space, AKA sun room. It is a scarf warp that only destash-crazed weavers would ever attempt, but yet. Yet, I still went ahead and gave it a go. It seems to be working.
The warp I used is a shelf-full of hand dyed balls of 6-ply rayon mill ends that I accumulated over the years. I bought a lot of this yarn a few years ago, mostly in white. It dyed beautifully, and I wove things from it. I painted skeins and sold them on Etsy, and then the source dried up, and I just had a whole bunch of colors in yarn cakes of varying sizes.
I didn't even weight it all. I just started winding the warp. I decided on 24 epi and it was going to be a twill threading, but completely unplanned. I wound enough for 3-4 scarves, roughly 8 yards, and I ended up with just almost 10" of width.
Here is an image of the warp chains going on the loom. Front to back.
I wasn't pleased. There was something about this warp that was really not right. Basically, it looks like two scarves side by side, and it wasn't going to get any better when woven.
But wait! I thought of a risky yet it-just-might-workable strategy to fix it:
I took the middle chain and the left hand chain off the lease sticks, preserving the cross. I flipped the middle chain and put it back on the lease sticks, then put the left hand chain back on as well. Voila. I got a better distribution of color and value. I had a bit of trepidation, but what else is 40-odd years of weaving experience good for, if not for such wild and crazy stunts? (Only once in a while.)
I got to use my new Angel Wings for winding on, which was lovely. The warp went on super fast, and very smoothly. I don't know why I waited so long to get this fabulous gadget:
But I digress.
Before I wound on, I threaded the reed and the heddles, making up the twill pattern as I went along. I had made a record of the color order in my notebook as I wound the warp. So, in the notebook I went back to each color section and did a little twill riff, each color a little bit different. After each chain, I went to my iPad weaving software (WiIF 'n Proof) and entered the twill riffs and the colors. I could see how balanced (or unbalanced) the design was as I threaded.
It worked pretty well. I will probably change the tie-up for each scarf for a bit of variety, but I will be treadling the same order for each one.
So, now I'm weaving the first scarf, and I have enough of the 6-ply rayon dyed gold on a cone. But (wouldn't you know) that is the end of the 6-ply. So I gleefully bought some 6/2 rayon tencel in white for more weft colors. This rayon tencel is just about the same yards per pound as the 6-ply mill ends, and such a lovely blank canvas. It has a fabulous hand and soft feel.
Do you see where this is going?