After finishing that little shabby chic scarf (see previous post), my next project seems to be the opposite extreme. The characteristics of the scarf that is currently on my loom are traditional and conservative. The fiber in the warp is Zephyr, a silk and wool blend made by Jaggerspun. The weft is a wool heathered yarn also by Jaggerspun. I happen to have a few cones of it in my stash.
The yarn was left over from a cooperative project that I participated in with some other weavers. All of us wove a 20″ X 20″ square of an overshot design of our choosing and we exchanged the squares with each other. Supposedly to make a friendship coverlet — however some members of this group never quite finished, so I am left with a partial coverlet.
The overshot design I chose was called “Four Leaf Clover”. Here is a detail of my woven square.
I’m still wondering what to do with the handful of coverlet squares I do have. All of them are beautiful, but just not enough to sew into a coverlet. I may frame them…
Back to the current project. I decided to weave a pattern called “Shaded Twill” which is described in Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. This is what it looks like on my loom at this moment.
Very unusual for my handwoven scarves – not my style at all. In my weaving, I tend to favor lightweight fibers like cotton, bamboo and tencel. My colors generally lean toward the lights and brights, sometimes even neon. And my patterns favor texture often with floats to break up the monotony of a repetitive weave pattern. But I had to use up that wool yarn and I already had a warp chain wound of the natural silk and wool blend yarn. And this is the result. Pretty pattern with a suggestion of quiet elegance, and the wool is soft and comforting as well. I will weave the one scarf, then I’ll be back to my old funky self – color and texture – the two characteristics that drew me into the weaving process to begin with. But change is good sometimes, and this shows that even unplanned change in a new direction can have its merits.