I laid different shawls/scarves out on the bed yesterday afternoon, and then another row on the cedar chest (above), but already the light was too dim in this north and east facing bedroom. Ten stretch out full length over the bed, and another eight are folded at the foot. The photos are from this morning. Still not much light, but I’ve made no attempt to “correct” anything as the colors look accurate on my screen. (The greens suffered a bit.)
On the bed at top, the two furthest left deserve a better show because the color shifts of bronze, gold, and copper over soft cool shades are really lovely; the 3rd and 4th from the left are from the same red/orange/violet warp; as are (I think) the three blue-centered lengths in the middle and the three greens at right.
The folded shawls/scarves on the chest are mostly from 2019 and 2018. The brightly pink-striped one on the end changes color because of the shifting color handspun that makes up half the weft. The next, darkest one is a wonderful moss green also using handspun in the weft. The next two, rich dark and then pale rose, two “marigold” shawls, a green one with a changeable handspun in the weft, and a soft opal-colored scarf/shawl.
There are still a half dozen in the case retrieved from the gallery. I am sorely tempted to join three or four green lengths to make a blanket. Or the marigold colors? Or blue? I feel there must be three of about the same length, though that’s not something I pay too much attention to unless I am actually planning a blanket like the lengths I am currently weaving.
Some shawls/scarves include handspun in the warp as well as weft, but both warps and wefts are mostly Koigu, a fine silky merino wool that is raised, spun at a small mill, and then painted by hand, all in Canada. There are about sixteen skeins in an eight and a half yard warp (lengthwise), another five for the weft (crosswise) in each of three lengths I weave. (That makes it sound simpler than it is. I pull many more skeins for both warp and weft, then shift colors to please my eye.) The handspun skeins I use have more yardage than the Koigu, but cost three or four or more times as much. Like the quilts, I would like to pay myself a skilled wage, but settle for cost plus Federal minimum. When I sell something, my first thought is to buy more yarn or fabric.
I am trying to be good and use only what’s in my stash for piecing and weaving. That’s one reason I only put on a six and a half yard warp for the two lengths I am currently weaving. I did not have enough handspun for another two yards in the colors I wanted.
There is always I lot of cross pollination. My quilts are often a variation on weaving patterns. There is a quilting pattern called “Log Cabin” which I have pieced, but I like piecing a variation based on a quite different weaving pattern also called “Log Cabin” in my quilts. I weave variations of weaver’s Log Cabin. The mix of colors and both traditional and personal pattern is at the heart of my work. There is another quilt nagging at me just now, though I cannot afford to have anything more quilted just now, and anyway I cannot piece a quilt and weave at the same time.
Speaking of weaving . . . back to work.