Scarf #5

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Even  Buddha’s need to keep warm on this bright, chilly morning!

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This soft boucle wool yarn makes an ideal weft combined with a 4ply wool warp and an acrylic shiny accent yarn to give it sparkle.

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A 10dpi (40/10cm) reed suits the 4ply yarn used for the warp. The boucle yarn will give the weft plenty of breathing space and allow the scarf to drape comfortably around the neck.

 

 

Yarns for Scarves

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If you are new to weaving and not sure what sort of yarn to use for these first, simple projects then look at the many knitting yarns that are available to use for both your warp and weft.  These yarns have been tried and tested by the many manufacturers and designers to be nice to wear, easy to use and colour fast.  Try to choose natural fibres such as wool, alpaca, cashmere, silk and cotton as well as some of the newer fibres like Tencel, ramie and yak.  These will all be lovely to use and nice to wear close to the skin. Try to avoid anything 100% manmade as it will not weave up as well or stand the test of usage.

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Faced with so much choice try using one of the many spaced dyed yarns in a colour way that you love for both the warp and the weft.  The results are both pleasing on the eye and also exciting to use as the colour combinations change rapidly as you weave, holding your interest and giving you some very unexpected ideas for later projects. Learning how the warp and weft colours interact with each other in plain weave is one of the tricks to weaving beautiful handwoven fabric.  All possible on your rigid heddle loom.

 

 

Natural Greys

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Softly spun singles yarn in natural shades combines well with this spaced dyed, 4ply wool warp.

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Weave a short header using the warp yarn for the first ten rows to allow the warp threads to spread out and to give the thick, slub yarn a good base to sit on.  Knot the fringe every four to six threads for a nice simple finish.  Use the 7.5dpi (30/10cm) reed as before and beat gently after each pick to allow the slub yarn to settle in against itself.  If you beat too hard the scarf will become stiff and unwearable. Give it space to breath.

Muffler

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Here is a sweet little first project. What my grandmother would call a Muffler rather than a scarf but still  very warm and cosy around the neck and something that could be worn in the house or chilly studio on these cold and wintery days!  Here we have used handspun yarn for both the warp and the weft along with the 7.5dpi (30/10cm) reed, which will give you a good spacing to allow the handspun yarn to breath and the weft, also handspun to sit easily.  Scarves need to have drape and movement to be comfortable to wear so remember not to beat too hard with the heddle.  Just a gentle tap each row will suffice.  This project would work just as well with a softly spun commercial yarn.

Weaving for 2017

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Welcome to our first post of 2017.  We hope you are going to be very busy this year weaving lots of wonderful fabrics on your rigid heddle looms.  If you have just got a new loom for Christmas and feel a little nervous about starting out why not try making a few scarves.  This is a quick and simple project and will give you lots of practise threading up.  Each scarf can have a different warp and weft and you can have great fun trying out all those glorious knitting yarns which weave up really well.

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This is a space dyed yarn used for both the warp and the weft with a 7.5dpi (30/10cm) reed which is a really good size (sett) for a soft and pliable scarf. Lets get weaving!

 

 

End of Wool Week

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Don’t forget that all those beautiful sheep, with their lovely fleeces start life as even more beautiful lambs!  These little woolly bears will one day give us huge amounts of wool to be used in our homes and for our clothes.  Enjoy this unique fibre and support the British Wool Industry and protect our Rare Breed Societies by asking for pure wool products.

Find out more at http://www.rbst.org.uk

More Sheep for Wool Week

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Without our shearers there would be no fleece for us happy hand spinners to enjoy so nurture and value your shearer as it is a back breaking, highly skilled job. This lovely fleece is being spun “in the grease” making the most of the fresh lanolin in the wool which makes spinning so easy and your hands so soft!  British wool at its best.