Friday, December 3, 2010

A Handwoven Scarf in Tofutsies

I recently tried weaving some Tofutsies sock yarn, and REALLY like the way it turned out!  I used it as warp, sett at 16 ends per inch in a 2/2 twill, and used 8/2 cotton as weft.  It has a nice cozy hand and was super easy to warp and weave.  I'll be doing this again! 
 I put 2 ends per dent in an 8 dent reed, and used a floating selvedge.  Because a twill doesn't catch the side warp with each pick, using a floating selvedge keeps the edges tidier for me.  Some people don't like them, but I do!  A floating selvedge is a strand on each edge that goes through the reed, but not through a heddle, so it "floats".  When passing the shuttle through, you go over one side and under the other - it doesn't matter which side is over and which is under as long as you are consistent.  I go over at the starting side, and under at the far side - this wraps the edge thread every time.
 I really like a fairly long twisted fringe...  I use a double pronged fringe twister and twist 2 bunches together in the same direction - I count how many twists so I can be consistent across the whole warp.  On this scarf, I put 4 threads in each bundle, twisted a while until it was over twisted, and then put the 2 bundles together and let them ply together and tie an overhead knot at the end.  I like somewhat finer fringe bundles, but you get to choose the look you like.
I really like the way this fabric feels, so I'm toying with the idea of weaving some fabric to make a blouse...  It would feel yummy!  But first I need to finish up my Christmas weaving...  working on it!  Tick tick tick...  Hope your holiday weaving/spinning/knitting/felting is going well and that the recipients love what you make them!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Oh, that's so warm and pretty!