Friday, December 12, 2014

Surface Embellishment

I love surface embellishment so it was inevitable that it would work its way into my weaving. It just makes sense to work on the cloth while it's all stretched out on the loom, right? The pink i-cord is something else I've been playing around with. I started with a squiggle along the edge, but I loved the look of it on top of the woven cloth, so I couched it in place. It remains to be seen how this will play out in a finished garment.  

Originally I planned the pink I-cord for another project...I'll have to make more. Fortunately I have this handy dandy little knitter, called Embellish Knit, so I can crank out the I-cord much faster than using double points or the little French knitting spool. The pink yarn is a sport weight chenille, it's so velvety, I love it! The Embellish Knit requires a little attention, and while I wasn't able to crank out miles of cord in minutes, it was so much faster than the usual cord kitting techniques. One bit of advice if you decide to get one of these, the cord needs to turn freely as you knit or it will get all twisted back on itself. Eventually I found that by winding it into a ball as I worked and then tucking/anchoring the working end into ball with about three inches hanging from the machine, it untwisted itself as I worked.

The yarn for this weaving project is all handspun. At one time this was all knitted into a hooded capelet.  I just didn't care for the garment when it was done, so after awhile I unraveled it. Now it will have a new life in this woven cloth. 

Hope you had a wonderful and creative week!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pink Saori Scarf

It's cold here in Michigan! Since I'm in weaving mode, I thought I'd weave up a quick cozy scarf, Saori style.

Just a simple warp of chunky, wool blend along with some of my favorite add in novelty threads and ribbons.

I've wanted to add the woven finger fringe for quite awhile, truthfully, I always forget until I'm past that part of the warp, ha ha. Creating the "fingers" is simply weaving the individual warp thread bunches on your tie on rod. Normally this would be waste, so not only is it a fun look, but it's appeals to my frugal side. 

I used the same colorful novelty threads to scribble dashes of color and texture on my cloth.

In addition to the woven fringe, I left the string fringe too. With me more fringe is always better! A fun cozy scarf in one of my favorite colors, puppy approved!

Happy creating friends!

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