Saturday, January 31, 2009

Planning Ahead

There is an old adage that "you have to be warped to weave". In order to be warped, you need to have an idea of what you will make, how long to make the warp, how close to sett the warp threads, etc.

These Weave-It squares are the first step in turning these yarns into warp and weft. The yarn at the top of the photo is a tan 40%/60% rayon/wool four-ply fingering weight yarn from my Grandma's stash. The yarn to the left is a reclaimed yarn from a knit skirt & sweater set that a friend sent my way. It's a five strand yarn (not plied). Two strands are a natural cream color acrylic/mohair blend. The other three strands are a gold metallic material.

The square on the right was woven with one strand of each yarn held together.

The square on the left was woven with the rayon/wool yarn as a warp and the 4strand gold yarn as weft. (Near the top I wove the weft closer together than the rest of the square.) For each of the yarns I used two strands together.


The colors of these two yarns blend well together. The tan of the wool yarn tones down the yellow of the gold.

I think these will make a nice shawl, scarf, hat, bag....or something! :)

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