Sunday, 25 July 2010

Devore Leaves (4)

Here is the finished scarf. It took hours to iron the chemicals out. Eventually I ironed a single leaf on both sides and then removed the bits of burnt Tencel from it. I was so scared of scorching the wool in the scarf that I took out the final scraps of Tencel with a needle using a jeweller's eyeglass.

It has come out as planned and the varied colours of the warp have worked well. The warp was chained tightly then painted in various colours with acid dyes, then steamed. The patchy yellows, oranges and greens fit this work very well.

The weft was Tencel and merino and the feel of the merino is evident in the final scarf after washing.

I have found some more suitable yarn for the birds weaving in the many boxes of yarn upstairs. I need to get this finished as I must wind a lot of warps for the upcoming indigo dyeing session at the next Kennet Valley Guild meeting  on August 7th - the annual 'Dying in the Churchyard'

To any Guild members reading this, please bring fibre, yarn, fabric, warps for tying up if you want to have a go (and plastic apron and gloves). As an example, I shall be bringing

- a warp tied up for tie-dying
- some cotton poplin crunched up and tied tightly into small bundles
- some tapestry wool for Michael to be dyed so that he has four or five different colours of blue.

Now off to do more weaving of these birds

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  1. Dorothy Eggleton25 July 2010 at 10:03

    The scarf is just lovely. You must be very pleased with it. The colours are gorgeous



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.