Scarf – Finished!

Forgot to blog about the finished scarf!

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The colors suit my blue jean lifestyle but could work well with a dressier look. I love a turned twill – and it shows off a dyed warp very well.

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Next post: a kumihimo braid inspired by this scarf.

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Experimenting with kumihimo patterns and seeing how they relate to the resulting cords is fascinating. I like the round cords and it is difficult for a flat pattern to represent a round finished product for my untrained eye.

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This braid uses DMC floss. The pattern is from http://friendship-bracelets.net. I think it was shown in red and I used either their generator or the one at http://craftdesignonline.com to modify it with my choice of floss colors. I was attracted to the pattern because of the gradations of color and the 3D effect. In the actual braid I am more aware of the gradations but the 3D effect is obscured because of the round braid.

I am trying to document the patterns and colors I use but haven’t organized them as I should. I am thinking about just a notebook with the pattern and a photo of each braid and/or finished project. Something like this:

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The Winner!

I thought the Navy silk would win out, but an unnamed dark/bright one (4?) is the winner.

Here it is on the swift:

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This may show the color better:

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Tomorrow I actually wind it into a ball. Past history tells me I have to be careful or I will not be able to get the ball off the ball winder. I have some old yarn still on the plastic cone of a ball winder. Wound it on toilet tissue roll but it just got too tight and never could slip it off. I really don’t want to invest in a new ball winder for each silk weaving project. 😉

My class day went great. I’ve always enjoyed Tracy’s classes. She is very organized and knowledgeable. She was able to juggle three varied students efficiently. I am about halfway threaded through the heddles. The real beginner in the group is already weaving! This gal is fast!

I will share my draft in the next weaving post. Will try to take some photos of the class too.

Weft Choices

My Weaving “Refresher” class starts tomorrow. I ordered some Treenway Silks skeins to consider as weft. Of course they are all beautiful colors but the question is which one will work best for my dyed warp.

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The warp has a kind of faded look and I don’t know which will best enhance it. Supposedly a dark color will “frame” the dyed warp. A contrasting color might energize it. The structure is a turned twill.

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Decision day tomorrow!