Hard to think that this little chap could have been the inspiration for all the lovely yarns used in this scarf. They include silk, merino wool, Shetland wool, lurex thread and tri-lobal nylon! Quite a mixture, but all lovely and soft to the touch so easy to weave with and nice to wear.
Sometimes its good to let nature do the designing for you so remember when you are out in the garden on a sunny day to take lots of pictures which you can use later on for reference. Not all scarves need to be woolly and this one is made from cotton yarns along with a viscose boucle and a rayon ribbon yarn. This makes an attractive scarf for spring wear and is ideal for people who are allergic to wool.
Sometimes a few spring inspired colours can get us through the grey days.
Three or four fine threads in varying shades of green, white and lemon were combined to make one thread for each pick of the warp. The weft was a light yellow mohair yarn beaten down very gently. Although each individual warp thread is very fine their combined strength will allow you to keep the warp nice and tight. The better the tension on the warp the neater your selvedges will be and the easier it will be to weave.
This very cold and frosty morning here in the UK really calls for an extra long scarf to wrap around your neck several times. This pink and green scarf is made from handspun alpaca fibre and is especially cosy. If you are a spinner, new to weaving then these scarves are a great way to try out your handspun yarns. The plastic reeds that come with all the new rigid heddle looms are very kind to the warp threads, so using your handspun for both the warp and the weft is quite possible. Just remember to beat gently to allow the yarns to breath.
Even doggies need warm scarves in January!
These spaced dyed, slub yarns work well in the warp as well as giving beautiful results in the weft. Just put the slub yarn through the slots and not the holes to give the threads plenty of space to move around. This way they won’t come under too much friction as you move the heddle up and down. Wind the yarn on in pairs in the usual way and then wind the warp onto the back beam. Then when you start the threading you can move the slub yarns around and put them through the slots in what ever order you like. This is one of the reasons why the rigid heddle loom is such fun to use as it gives you lots of opportunities to make changes to your design as you thread up your warp.