Tuesday, October 8, 2013

it's alive!

Collapse weave; another thing off my weavers bucket list of things to try.  As you can tell by the number of pictures I took, I was pretty excited about the results.  While most weaving transforms a bit when you finish it by washing, this actually came alive in my hands.  The first scarf that I cut off; cause I couldn't wait to see what it would do, had a weft of Habu's wool crepe that  shrinks about 30% once it touches water.  The warp is 8/2 tencel in a 3/1 twill that has a natural tendency to collapse.  Since the wool took away a bit of the softness of the tencel I tried a fine bamboo for the weft on the next 2 scarves. The finer the weft the more likely it will collapse.
I liked the hand of the bamboo weft scarves better, and also liked that I could see more of the scarf because they didn't collapse nearly as much.  But  truth be told I spent about a half hour just playing with the Habu scarf; playing with the accordion pleats, sans music. Truly, we have to get our weaving excitement where we can, so I foresee more collapse weave in my future. I would love to see some shawl width fabric, with that wonderful texture.  So far I think it would be fun to use a collapse weave section in some woven wristers and even, heaven forbid,  an actual garment. I have vowed that I hate sewing but the last issue of
has a collapse weave top that has me thinking of the possibilities.  Yikes.  Unfortunately this is slow cloth at its slowest.  Weaving with 2/48 wool crepe was like weaving with fly hair but, oh so worth the results.

This is the habu weft scarf as I am washing it.
I tried ladder hemstiching on an end piece, hoping to find a way to add buttons to shorter pieces to make a cowl.
So much excietment in one project.  Here is my new handy dandy fringe twister, oh the joy!


Joanne said...

This is almost too beautiful for words. I have never heard of collapse weave...just WOW!

kindred threads said...

Thanks, Joanne, it was certainly fun to take this off the loom. I hope you are finding time to weave soon.

kreativa said...

Was für wunderbare Farben. Einfach nur schön geworden.

What wonderful colours. Very beautiful.

Liebe Grüße von Ate

Anonymous said...

So cool. So pretty. Awesome to get to see it on the loom. That only makes the transformation all the more amazing!

carolyndawn said...

The result is just spectacular. I would be proud as well. Amazing!!

Jo Windmill said...

oh my goodness, such beautiful colours! I'm so glad I found your blog.

Donyale said...

Love love love