Weave me.

For some time now, I’ve been planning on weaving this mixed warp silk scarf for a friend of mine. The [warp that I wound ages ago](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2007/12/swimming-in-colour/) has been sitting in the living room whispering “weave me… weave me… I’m yummy.” The warp is all bubbly turquoise silk bouclé and aqua silk singles with a few skinny strands of 30/2 silk and tsumugi silk thrown in. Finally, this morning, I took advantage of the gorgeous warm sunlight to dress the loom and start weaving.

warp
The warp is all bubbly turquoise silk bouclé and aqua silk singles with a few skinny strands of 30/2 silk and tsumugi silk thrown in.

I warp from back to front, in this case, because I find there is less wear-and-tear on the somewhat delicate and fussy nature of the mixed warp.

Maintaining the cross using lease sticks
Threading the heddles
Tying loops to preserve the work

I find myself tying loops at every stage so that I don’t accidentally lose my work. So, after threading the heddles, I tie a group of warp threads together. I undo the slip knots as I need to when I sley the reed… and then again, tie a group of warp threads after sleying the reed. It keeps things organized and… safe.

This is the silk I’m using for weft

This is the 20/2 smooth silk I’m using for weft, all wound up on bobbins that fit in an end-feed shuttle. I’m hoping I’ll have enough to finish the whole scarf… fingers crossed.

Hemstitching the beginning of the piece

There’s a header of about five shots of big, fat mop cotton woven at the beginning of the piece… and then a bit of proper weaving. I pause at the beginning so that I can hemstitch a bit…

Oh yeaaah.

Now we have fabric… and yes, it is yummy.

If you live in Vancouver and are free on Monday evening, you might want to check out the Memorial lecture hosted by the Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild. The speaker is tapestry artist, [James Koehler](http://www.geocities.com/jamesrkoehler/), who will discuss how colour, structure and form focus his approach to design and how the landscape and cultures of New Mexico have influenced his work. The lecture will be held on Monday, May 5 at 7:30 PM in the Floral Hall at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street (at 37th Ave.) in Vancouver. Admission is free to anyone who is interested! Unfortunately, I’ll be at work late on Monday and will miss the lecture… but if you DO go, let me know what you thought!

  • http://missyb.typepad.com/missy_b Brooke

    What a beautiful scarf!

  • http://missyb.typepad.com/missy_b Brooke

    What a beautiful scarf!

  • http://lollygirl.com lolly

    Oooh, all about those textures! gorgeous! I wound a new warp last week, I just need to get it on the loom… you have inspired me!

  • http://lollygirl.com lolly

    Oooh, all about those textures! gorgeous! I wound a new warp last week, I just need to get it on the loom… you have inspired me!

  • michele

    Looks absolutely stunning!

  • michele

    Looks absolutely stunning!

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