I’m sure you’ve quite forgotten by now that I was ever weaving this, but I have at last done all the fiddly bits of finishing and here she is.
In the end I re-twisted some but not all of the fringe bouts — they varied considerably in how loopy they became after washing. And even after re-twisting, it is clear that they are much more inclined to loop at one end of the shawl…
…than at the other.
I am not sure why this should be, except that the less loopy end was the one at the start of the shawl and had a substantial header woven into it (I wanted to practice my treadling!) which was later cut out. The more loopy end was the one at the end of the shawl so it was just cut from the loom and never constrained. Could this be a factor? I don’t know. Would I try constraining it with a “footer” next time to see what happens? Well, that would rather depend on how much warp waste I was prepared for… but other than for the purposes of experimentation, I am not much inclined to. To me the little loops are actually rather charming so, as long as they aren’t running rampant and likely to catch on everything in sight, I am happy to have them.
The other fiddly finishing thing was that the ends of the lurex inlay turned out to be fiendishly tricky to manage. The yarn tended to unravel into its component parts and the fine supporting threads are a ****** to catch hold of. I was also concerned that it might be a bit slippery and slide out of the cloth altogether so I stitched some of the ends back upon themselves, but not all were long enough for this — and in any case my patience ran out! Fortunately, a merino and gold inlaid wrap is not, strictly speaking, intended to be a hard-wearing go-anywhere kind of fabric.
I was a bit worried that the gold tie-down warp would make the whole thing about as supple as a foil tray, but in fact it has a lovely drape. And the tiny loops which have formed over the surface of the cloth seem not to turn it into a piece of sandpaper either. Phew.
The pattern in the ground cloth comes and goes depending on the angle and the light, which I also rather like.
On the whole, I am very pleased with the way this has turned out. It has been extremely fiddly, but that was more due to my choice of yarns than to the structure, and I would quite like to try it in a less stressful medium! However, I would definitely do this again — even in gold — and am glad to have added this technique to my repertoire. Good result. Happy face.