Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Diversified Plain Weave Not too Scary

The diversified plain weave scarves are off the loom, wet finished and fringe is almost complete.  I am very happy with the results! (And so is my study group buddy)

The grid formed by the black 20/2 cotton thin warp/weft
really locks down the chenille so that structures with multiple thread floats are possible.  Magical!  The finished fabric has a lovely drape.

I have ideas floating around in my head for over sized designs in chenille.

The over sized houndstooth was the study project but I try to put on enough warp for 2 (or more) of any project.  I decided to only use one color weft for the second scarf which gets rid of the color-and-weave effect.  AND, weaves more quickly. I choose a brighter shade of orange since the black grid tones down the colors.  That scarf is shown on the left  It came out looking more interesting than I could have guessed, and more complex.

My study buddy and I both agree that we are going to try this structure again since it really opens up the possibilities for chenille because it takes out the worming problem.

 This project is based on an article published in the May/June 2012 issue of Handwoven magazine.  The draft to the left is snipped from the draft program I use.  NOTE: the draft only shows the chenille threads.  The actual threading also requires two threads of 20/2 cotton, threaded on shafts 1 and 2, before each chenille thread.