Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shibori Shawls

     I finally finished the run of 20/2 tencel scarves that I've been working on since August of last year.  It's so embarrassing that I had a run on the loom for that long.  I have no idea what it was but I just couldn't get myself to sit down and weave the last one.  Last weekend I took a day and just polished off what was left of the warp.  There was some left over and I even made myself weave that so that I have samples.  I'm currently in the process of twisting the fringe and as soon as that's finished I'll wet finish, iron and get some pictures.  Once that is all done, I should have enough to reopen the Etsy store.  Yay!




      The next run will be another set of Shibori however this time I'm going about 18" or so wide for a nice wide scarf or shawl.  The challenge will be to get the center of the bound fabric not to curl which usually gives the middle less dye exposure.  An experiment in due time.  Since I have so much natural yarn on cones, I figured I would be safe going with the thicker yarn because of the amount of time it took me to finish the 20/2 scarf.  Playing it safe here. 




     I can't remember for the life of me where I got this yarn.  All I do know is that I've had it for about 10 years.  Time to go!




     As I got the warp ends counted out, I noticed that this stuff is super soft and light.  There aren't any identification marks on the cone other than where it came from and the color so I have no idea what the fiber content is.  If I were to guess, I'd say a cotton rayon blend however, because it's so light it may be more rayon but I'm keeping my fingers crossed because if this turns out to be poly, I'm going to cry.




     The warp is beamed and I'm ready to thread and get to weaving! :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Back to Shibori

    There is a lot of natural yarn in my stash so Shibori just seemed like the right way to deal with it.  The first run is a natural boucle cotton.


 The cotton was pretty thick so I sett it at 15 epi and started in with a supplemental weft to bind the fabric once I remove it from the loom.

The next step was to twist the fringe


And finally bind the fabric using the supplemental weft then dye!

These pictures were taken inside.  Once they're dry, I'll iron them, take some nice natural light photos and finally have something available in the Sunrisehandwovens Etsy store!  Viola!