Purple handwoven scarf

This handwoven scarf was my third weaving project, and it was a great learning experience.  My first two projects were successful, so I was pretty confident going into it.  Some might say overconfident. 

I wanted something to match my winter coat, but didn’t want a solid colour.  I found these yarns and thought they might play nicely together.

They contain some of the same colours without being identical.  I decided to use the Heartland (smooth yarn) as the warp and the other for the weft.  I didn’t do any samples, I just jumped into it.

It took a while to dress the loom.  This is where the overconfidence came in.  In my first two projects, I followed instructions closely, checking at every step.  This time I thought I knew what I was doing.  The original chain that I made fell apart because I didn’t tie the cross correctly, so I had to redo that.  I don’t ever want to that again.  Thankfully it wasn’t too big, since it was just the size for a scarf.  I can’t imagine how bad it would have been if it had been for a bunch of projects on one warp.

warp chain

Once I got the warp chain done, I started to put it on the loom.  Again, I did a lot wrong, but because it was pretty short with not many ends, I could fix it.  It took about four times longer to do than it should have.

Once I got the loom dressed, the weaving was pretty easy.  I should have gone with a lower number of threads per inch in the warp.  The one I used was the maximum, so the weaving was pretty tight.

I did a simple twill pattern, but in the end, the pattern was overpowered by the texture in the yarn.  That meant any errors in the weaving were invisible, but so was the design.

purple woven scarf with coat

In the end, I’m happy with the finished project.  If I did it again, I would make it narrower with a loose weave.  It was a bit stiff, but it loosened up after wet finishing.  It looks great with my coat, and I learned a lot.

The weaving went very quickly, so I have plans to make more scarves.  It’s a great quick weaving project.

 

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