Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blue-Green Wool Scarves, Post-Finishing

The three scarves woven with the boucle weft are soft, squishy, cuddly, and entirely huggable. Even though I can't tell from the photos what weave structure I used on any individual scarf. Not a clue.

The last scarf on the warp, the one woven with a crepe weave I used on one of the boucle versions, is also soft and lovely to handle. The puzzle is that the cloth, after wet finishing (which for all four, entailed a trip through the "hand-wash" cycle on my washing machine) does not resemble the draft. At all.
I know what file I opened to weave this, but tell me, does it resemble the draft to you?

I can see one of the diagonals, but really, this cloth mystifies me. Usually, I can look at a draft and say where the finished cloth will bunch up, and where it will spread out, based on the float length and direction. It was a mixed warp, and out of every 6 ends, 4 were worsted-spun yarn and 2 woolen-spun. The weft was all woolen-spun. I'm not sure this difference in fiber preparation can account for the result in the finished cloth. 

This is one reason that I love crepe weaves - into every life some mysteries must fall!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

A Not-Quite-Invisible Crepe

I've made good on my threat to weave the last piece on the blue wool warp with one of the smooth yarns I used in the warp. This one is a 2/32 from Zegna Baruffa, a lovely teal blue, probably merino judging from the softness of the yarn and the relatively short staple of the fibers in it.

The draft is one I used earlier in the warp (to no particular visual effect):

With a smooth weft yarn, I can almost see the weave...

Almost... I can't wait to see how the cloth looks after wet finishing!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Another Invisible Crepe

The use of these interesting weaves is more for my satisfaction (and boredom relief) than anything else, since with a boucle weft the weave itself is really invisible.

Here's the drawdown, one of many 16-shaft crepes from Oelsner:

Someday, I'll weave these using a slightly overtwisted but smooth yarn, to get the full effect of the crepe texture. Not today, however. This project is all about stash reduction. The scarves will be a soft, cushy, cloth no matter what weave I choose.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Here We Go Again

I've finished the first scarf on the fine wool warp, and begun the second. You wouldn't know just looking at them, but the weaves are quite different. Here's the drawdown for #1, a simple 4-end broken twill:

And the woven cloth, now winding onto the cloth beam at the back of the loom:

This is the drawdown for #2, a 16-shaft crepe:

And the woven cloth:

Of course, because the weft is a fine boucle, the loopy surface obscures any visual hint of actual structure. I'm tempted to weave the last of the series (four in total) in one of the smooth yarns that make up the warp, just to be able to see a pattern other than loops!

The saving grace is that the weaving goes rather quickly at 24-ish PPI. I have a few more crepes to choose among for the next scarf, so at least the computer screen will be more interesting to look at than plain weave or broken twill.......

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

Here is the Photo

On the Road Again

Just to prove that there are some (but not many) places in the western US that are getting rain, here is southern Idaho. This is looking south from Interstate 84 between Twin Falls and Pocatello. Those showers were scattered over the area, and our windshield eventually was washed. Please send some of that glorious rain to California!