I wanted to have the two shawls ready by Saturday, as there was a market in, er, "town".

As I did spend most of Thursday traipsing around Glimåkra for the "weave days" (where I bought this

- what on earth was I thinking... Will I ever even try to weave with a wire that size? It looked thicker when I didn't have a sewing thread to compare with...)

Well. After "wasting" a day on that little purchase, I had Friday to complete the first two shawls. I had woven one meter, but what with the shrinkage they have to be around 2,5 meters on loom. And... with two parallell warps this means 5 meters total.

So, here they are, in the almost-sunshine of the Saturday morning:

When fringed, wet finished, pressed and brought out into daylight, they were a lot more subdued that I had thought...

I also wet finished the weft samples:

I like the pink for the red-orange (bottom), and maybe the reddish brown (fourth from top) for the blue-purple.
But first, the next two: blue-purple crossed with a dark purple (slightly darker that the second-from-top), red-orange crossed with a (nearly) blinding orange (more intense than the second-from-top).

I had more visitors than I usually have on the "market days". Unfortunately no sales, but also not much weaving.


weaveblah said...

I love your scarves, photographed on Saturday, and achieved using differential shrinkage.
Can you suggest journal articles or books with information on this technique as I am interested to read more about it.

Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

Handwoven (the magazine) has had several articles over the years - most of my HWs are from the 1990ies, but I'm sure this is an idea that cones up from time to time.
I have a slightly longer article on my website (http://bergdalaspinnhus.com/artiklar/diff-shrink-e.html ) - but what it really comes down to is sampling :-)
Different yarns gives different results, different washing machines too. And then there is the personal preferences in how much shrinkage is "right", compared to the hand of the shrunken parts...
Have fun!


weaveblah said...

Thanks Kerstin,
Your article 'On differential Shrinkage and a Tubular Selvage' is very informative.