Not just another scarf

This scarf came about in a rather special way. My cousin Rene called and asked if I would make a scarf for his sister, Marcia whose dear friend, Sister Betty, passed away this year. (Apparently there was an amusing story involving Sister Betty, a black and yellow scarf, and a plumbing fixture.) I thought it would be nice to find a weaving draft with a cross pattern and when I came across one called ‘Remembrance’, I knew that had to be it. I had never done Overshot before, so it took a while to get the hang of two shuttles. (Overshot requires tabby or plainweave after each pass of the shuttle carrying the pattern yarn.). The scarf was a joy to weave. I finished and mailed it just in time for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days—I don’t know what could be more fitting!

Weaving info: The scarf was woven on 4 shafts on a Louet Erica table loom. I used 8/2 bamboo for warp (20 epi) and tabby and 5/2 bamboo for pattern. The scarf measured 8.5 inches wide and 78 inches long off the loom, and after wet finishing was 7.25 inches wide and 73 inches long (plus 6 inches twisted fringe). Fabric felt stiff off the loom, but was amazingly soft and had wonderful drape after wet finishing.

DIY Weaving Temple

Tarp clip versions of the weaving temple works well, but you don’t want the weighted string to pull down the edges of your weaving. The addition of a stick on both sides of the ashford table loom helps the string stay horizontal. I opted to use a light painter’s tape to hold down the stick in the front and tied to do so on the back. Do what works for you; just make sure that how it is placed doesn’t interfere with the operation of your front or back ratchets and doesn’t hamper your ability to throw your shuttle.

DIY Castle Lights

Some direct lighting over he heddles makes a world of difference. I chose not to attach the lights directly to the loom as I wanted to make no permanent changes to the loom. These are removable and they work great.