Serious scarves

Today I lined up my four serious scarves ready for a photoshoot and then discovered my camera battery was nearly flat. Unfortunately, it is the kind which you have to take out of the camera for recharging so I had to eat cake while I was waiting. By the time the cake was gone, so had the light… I really Must Do Better. Nevertheless, I did manage a few shots before the battery completely died, so these will have to do for now.

Here are the results so far of my Goethe colour experiment:

And here, for comparison, is the wrapping that started me off:

It is harder to see the patterns in a photo, but here is a slanty look at the blue (wave) and rust (brick)…

…and an even less effective shot of the red (square) and green (curved triangle thingy):

The green curved-triangle-thingy has already been much discussed, but I don’t think I have said anything about the red squares. At first I thought squares might be a bit boring, but then it seemed as though jazzing them up would be too fancy — these patterns were meant to be simple shapes to complement the colours, and the green had already got a bit out of hand. So what I ended up with was this pattern of smaller and larger squares, slightly offset to liven them up a bit:

I’ve used a bright blue weft in the drawdown just so that the pattern shows up. In fact, I am really pleased with the way all these patterns have turned out. On the loom they look quite dull, but once the lace has tightened up with washing, the whole scarf is transformed. This makes me happy.

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10 Responses

  1. Sandra Rude

    They are all beautiful! Isn’t it fun to see how much difference a change in weft color makes? I love being able to put on a long warp, and change weft color and treadling for each piece.

  2. Andrew Kieran

    very nice scarves, i can only imagine the texture.

    a very complicated draft too. i still haven’t fully gotten my head round the idea of having a complicated threading like that, but it does give you so many more possibilities for pattern and texture.

    i’m still trying to get as much as i can out of a straight draft on 24 shafts. still think i’ll be a week or two more weaving this particular warp, and then i have 2 or so to do before christmas.

    as it goes, talking of your camera batteries, you should be thankful that they’re the removable type, as the thing that generally fails first on modern electronics is the cheap nasty batteries they have embedded in them. once the batteries go the whole thing has to be replaced unless you’re a techno-wizard. the camera you’ve got will probably last a lot longer

    • Cally

      good point about the battery! I’m thinking of it positively now 🙂

  3. Suzi Gough

    Great scarves! I can’t wait to see the photos when the batteries are charged and the light is right!

  4. Evelyn

    Beautiful. The wavey ones are my faves, I think – until there is a better photo of the squares. I really like the stripes with the lace.

  5. neki rivera

    they are gorgeous.and they look seriously planned and thought, indeed.

  6. Katie

    Beautiful! The colours really work and I bet the patterns look gorgeous as they catch the light x

  7. ShuttlePilot

    Cals! Love the new website. Very lovely. Am coming back up for air — and look forward to catching up!


  8. Stacey

    Lovely, Cally. Love the colours, the drafts, the drape. Gorgeous. Hmmmmmm. Just given me an idea…. Let you know if it works out!


  9. Sandy Gunther

    Cally – The scarves are wonderful!