More Scarves

Apparently I was not quite done weaving the crackle scarves, or sampling the orlec, and put on another warp for another two scarves.

This time I chose to do both in the same colour, but two different lengths (on purpose this time), one is about 77″ and the other 107″, not including the fringe.  Despite my concern in the previous post about the scarf being too long, it turns out that people really liked the extra long scarf.  Another surprise is the orlec.  Knitters in my sit ‘n knit group were surprised to find out it was acrylic, not cotton like they thought.

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Short Scarf

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Long Scarf

I think I will take a break from the crackle weave and try something else, but I would like to see how they would look in tencel, or silk, or…..

Happy weaving,


Snakeskin Scarf

On the cover of the current issue of Handwoven (May/June 2015) is a scarf woven in a structure known as crackle weave (I believe), but it can also look like or resemble a snakeskin or other reptilian creature (not to my reptilian loving son, however).

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At first, I wasn’t drawn to this particular project, but then one of my fellow weavers wove one and I decided to give it a try.  First, what to weave it with.  Our group was gifted with a couple of bags of weaving yarns, one of them being Orlec, aka acrylic!  Those who know me know I like natural fibres, it’s what I carrried in the store, it’s what I carry on-line, but it was the right weight of yarn for the project so that was what I used.

I made a warp, put it on the loom, and began to weave.  It behaved nicely, no warp breaks like in the overshot runner project (will discuss this in another post).  It was stiff after weaving, but like tencel, after washing, drying and pressing, it became quite drapey.  While my preference will always be for natural fibres, I can see a where there is a place for Orlec in a weaver’s repertoire.

Finished scarf:

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and again,

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with spools of orlec:

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Happy weaving,