29 March 2009

Linen handwoven summer scarf No.6




But it's not finished yet though!!



































I started work on the linen scarf project this week. Its my first time to weave with really fine thread. This linen, although strong when pulled (virtually unbreakable) it does not like any friction, it caused it to splay and small fibres come away from the sides.

The warp threads keep grouping together on the back beam! I think my loom is not designed for this kind of thread...


I also had a few other problems when I first began weaving with this, firstly I cut a warp thread by mistake! Nightmare! then all the tension went funny and I just couldn't re-adjust it on the loom, so I had to take off what I had done and start again!

In the end this was probably for the best, as I could give the sample a really hot wash and see what happens to the fibres.
The warp is 100% linen and the weft is about 60% linen and 40% silk.
After the wash, the linen became much softer and lighter, and although the weaving is more uneven (because there are bigger gaps between the warp & weft) I kind of like it!!

So today I have started again, but have a long way untill its finished! Cant wait to see how it turns out as a scarf.

I wanted to make something a bit different, and this looks a bit like Scottish Fair Isle but a summer version!
When you hold it up to the light it becomes almost transparent.

I'm really enjoying experimenting and it will be nice to make things for summer, not just woolly things.

Oh yes, and thank you so much Charlotte for the award! I shall have to give it a lot of thought as all my favourite blogs have already been awarded!
I love all your blogs because you are all doing such different and lovely things which is fascinating to see!