It's funny when you feel as though you're not making any progress and then you start counting up the finished items... and realize that you've gotten quite a bit done indeed! I'm feeling much more cheerful about my weaving. Not much is being done on the floor looms, but my rigid-heddle looms, especially my little Cricket, have been working their heddles to the bone!
I've finished nine spa cloths. They're all hand-finished, washed, dried and ready to find new homes. The four in the photo above are destined to leave here in the next few days. The three in the bowl... well... we'll see what happens with them. I have lots of yarn just waiting to become more spa cloths. There's more of the lavender, lavender linen to make a different version, a set of natural colored yarn for yet another set and much more waiting in the wings!
Scarves and More Scarves
I usually don't like making scarves. I seldom wear them and don't often give them as gifts. However, they're great as samples. They typically don't use much yarn and they're a finished project. I've been working with my Cricket, developing projects that could be woven on a narrow loom and still be attractive. Here are two scarves that depend on the color of the yarn to make them work.
Kauni Effektgarn (color EV). It's easy to see the gradual shading of the Kauni, but the warp stripes give a depth to the scarf that's more subtle.
Faux Ikat Scarf
The scarf is woven off with Malagrigo Sock in Violeta Africana, a beautiful tonal purple in Malabrigo's cushy-soft merino wool. I am really proud of this scarf!
Lace on a Rigid-Heddle Loom
But tabby weave, while pretty, was getting a bit boring, so I decided to play with weft floats. In multi-harness weaving, this is how laces such as Atwater-Bronson and Huck laces are done. The same thing can be done even more easily with a rigid-heddle loom. All that is needed is the addition of a pick-up stick. The pick-up stick is placed such that every other slot warp thread is caught. Then when the pick-up stick is used in place of the down heddle position, only half of the threads are lifted, which means the weft thread skips over all of the hole warp threads and half of the slot warp threads. This draws the warp threads together just close enough to make a normal down heddle pass stand apart from the weft float section. And this gives us lace!
Bamboo Lace Scarf
Fiber Lady. I met the Fiber Lady folks at KidNEwe this year. Their yarns and rovings are beautiful - hand-dyed in luscious colors. But the natural color is beautiful, too, and I thought it would make a lovely lace scarf, as indeed it did. I bought WAY too much yarn and roving from them, but I probably won't see them again for a year, so I had to have enough to tide me over! The next ones will probably be woven on the floor looms... maybe. Again, this scarf was technically woven on the Flip, but could easily have been done on the Cricket.
Aqua Panda Silk Scarf
So back to the looms and more weaving!