Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New Twist on an Old Design

So, I've fallen in love with this fantastic Mongolian cashmere that I found, as you may have noticed... And I'm also still really intrigued with shadow-weave (most of my bamboo scarves that I made over the past year have been in various shadow-weave structures). I did play around with using the cashmere as the weft in some mixed-twill scarves, and liked that, but I really do enjoy designing/weaving shadow-weave a lot more than just twill. (Who knew I'd ever find a structure that would keep me this occupied!)

So, I decided to give a mixed warp of Bambu7 and the 2-ply cashmere a whirl... I normally sett my Bambu7 at 16 epi (a little loose, perhaps, but I like to give the yarn room to move when I wash it), so that's where I started.

There it is, going into the sink to soak! The black yarn is the cashmere, and I used a couple shades of Bambu as the lighter blues and greys (hard to tell in this photo). It came out nicely after the wash (it's air drying at the moment) and now I'm warping another one to sett at 20 epi instead of 16, just to see how it turns out. I'll keep you posted!

It's fun to be back to weaving a little bit after the busyness of last week... we have Open Studios at WAS this Saturday, but I have nothing, basically, to sell! Eeks! Ah well, it's always nice just to chat with the people that come through, and get some work done, too.


Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

I just love your shadow weave scarves;) Isn't weaving such a fantastic therapy?!?!?!

Jane said...

Isn't shadow weave just plain cool? To me, it's like the M.C. Escher of weaving. The light and shadow illusions that can take place are never ending.

It's also fun (to me) when a weave structure beckons us to become so acquainted with it, that we can spend months and sometimes years immersed in it.

Weave like an Egyptian,

Gwen said...

That's really gorgeous! I just got a loom (used, Harrisville, 22 inch) for Christmas and can't wait to get started! Although, it's difficult to imagine ever being able to do something that beautiful... Happy New Year!

Alpaca Granny said...

This scarf is beautiful, Kristin! I so love your weavings.

gonga said...

Love the shadow weave, haven't tried this technique yet.haven't been weaving much over Christmas and I'm so ready to get back to it(kids back at school now!!)I am determined to get on to etsy this year, you have been an inspiration (that almost sounds like a resolution!)keep it up.