Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Woven Shawl Genesis



The school year has begun again, and I've been wrapped up in preparing for and launching my courses, but I did take time to warp my Ashford Rigid Heddle loom for a second shawl.  This one is for me, made of fine gauge wool sock yarn.  I had these yarns in my stash: mostly inexpensive self-striping sock yarns widely available from craft stores: for the warp I used one skein of Soles and More and two skeins of Deborah Norville Serenity yarns from JoAnn.  All the yarns were in fall colors, with lots of orange.  I love orange.


Warping the loom  requires stretching the yarn across my kitchen table and onto a sewing machine cabinet near the window.  Because these are finer yarns, and I'm using the 12 epi heddle,  it takes more wraps to fill the loom than the worsted weight yarn I used in the previous shawl, so warping took a bit longer.  I like to warp on Sunday afternoons and use the couple of hours it takes to enjoy the calm repetitive activity.  Needless to say, no cats are invited to this fiber event.


This is what was left of the three balls of yarn I used to warp the loom.  It took about 660 yards--more yardage than it takes to knit a pair of socks.  Weaving takes a lot of calculation at the planning stage.  I've gotten good about calculating the warp, but my weft calculations have been over generous, and I haven't figured out why.


Here's the loom with the warp tied on and ready to go.  I leave the loom on the dining room table, and weave in several sittings. 


For the weft I used these two sock yarns: Patons Kroy and Lion Sock Wool.  I used a whole skein of the Kroy and about half of the Lion. Both yarns are self-striping.


Here's the finished shawl. I alternated both weft yarns in a random pattern and got this lovely plaid effect.   I double knotted the fringe.


I was hoping for a 20 x 72" shawl, and the finished size was 20 x 66.  Somehow there was more warp take-up than I anticipated, but live and learn.  It still makes a decent sized shawl and I'm thrilled with the fall colors.  And I made plaid!  A very back-to school fabric that reminds me of my Catholic school days.

9 comments:

floribunda... aka Julie said...

Very pretty Barbara! I'm trying hard not to get too interested in weaving, but I love looking at everyone else's projects...

Anne said...

I love it, the weaving is so neat! I cannot get into one more thing, nope, can't afford it and don't have time, but oh it looks like so much fun! I will just have to enjoy watching you and your weaving!

Magpie Sue said...

What a beautiful plaid! That's going to be perfect for fall.

Debra Spincic said...

OMG! Hold me back! How cool is that?!

Nice straight edges too!

quiltmom said...

Its gorgeous Barbara- I love shawls and have a number of pashmina ones. My husband bought me a gorgeous shawl when we were first married- it was woven on a hand loom and is a beautiful cream one. I will have to dig it out and take a photograph.
I have made a woven scarf using a board loom that had nails all around the edge of a frame. It worked pretty well.
School has begun and my plate is full. We are surviving pretty well- and adjusting to our lives as empty nesters.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Kay said...

Oh, lovely! I bet you'll enjoy wearing that. I love shawls too, and wear them quite a bit actually.

Rian said...

Wowee! How cool is that! It was so much fun to watch it come together--love those pics of the progress (process?). Verra nice.

Judy S. said...

Gosh, Barbara, this shawl turned out just great! I love the way it worked up into a plaid; what a nice surprise. And what a great way to whittle down a yarn stash! Nice knotting on the fringe too. Looks to me like you're a born weaver!

Allison Ann Aller said...

How utterly fabulous, Barbara.
A friend of mine opened the most luscious yarn shop, right here in Washougal! Oh you are tempting this crazy quilter, really really tempting her....