back to over-twist

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I had taken my blue warp off the loom to free it up for the taster day in February, and last week I finally got around to putting it back on – with floating selvedges this time. I had just enough left for a skinny pleated scarf, so that’s what I made. I wove about 6″ at each end using a balanced weft (2/48 merino) and then 4″ or so alternating this with the high twist wool, and the long middly bit was all high twist. I wove 1/3 and 3/1 twill, except for a couple of plain weave stripes at each end. And I forced myself to twist the fringe before I washed it even though I was dying to see how it turned out.

crinkly blue scarf

The pleating is pretty much along the lines of the twill blocks, but it isn’t precise and I love the liveliness of the variation in it.

crinkly blue scarf 3

I could not quite get the colours right in these photos. The dark blue is pretty much as you see it here, but the light blue actually has a slight tinge of lilac which is missing. But if I try and correct it, then I end up distorting the other blue so I’ve given up!

crinkly blue scarf 2

Actually, these are fun photos to play with. Because there are just blues, black and white, I can send the blues right round the spectrum into pink or orange without it looking completely weird.

imaginary pink scarf

imaginary orange scarf

I think I might make some of those… But right now it is time to put the hand-dyed greens onto the Megado while I write up my earlier purple project for the Designing Fabrics study group. When I have done my article, I will come back and blog about it. I seem to be skipping from here to there and all over the place at the moment. Well, perhaps not seem. I am skipping all over the place.

green warp

back to over-twist” was posted by Cally on 23 March 2013 at

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7 Responses

  1. Isabella
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    Lovely tactile-looking pieces, Cally. Is there a simply way of explaining what a floating selvedge is to a non-weaver (e.g. me)? BTW I totally identify the problems of trying to publish images an accurate colour. I have a camera that does not seem as accurate as my iPhone when recording colour. Colour correcting on the screen doesn’t always work out, as you described in this post.

    • Cally
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      Hmmm… well, since you are a textile pro, I’m assuming you know that the selvedge is the edge of the woven cloth, yes? A ‘floating selvedge’ is an extra warp thread added at the very edge of the cloth which has the following special characteristic: it isn’t attached to any of the shafts, so it is never raised or lowered like the rest of the warp – instead, it ‘floats’. In practice this means you can weave it in every time you throw the shuttle, no matter what pattern you are weaving. When things are prone to be a bit wibbly-wobbly, this can reduce the wibble-wobble.

      (My iPhone doesn’t always pick up colour very well with the camera but it defintiely has the best quality screen of any device in the house! If I want to see whether a photo has come out accurately, I have to look at it on my phone…)

      • Isabella
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        Aha. Good description – I understand the floating selvedge now. it was the word ‘floating’ that floored me, as if it were a separate thing. Thanks

  2. Charlotte Engstad
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    The scarf is lovely, the pleats look like a fun technique to weave. When photographing colors, it’s often hard to get it right. I’ve learned that by using a grey card in the picture, the photo can be calibrated afterwards in Photoshop to give the exact color. This might be important in a webshop/brochure/catalogue. However I’ve not learned how to do the photoshop part yet.

    • Isabella
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      Charlotte, thanks for the tip about using grey card. I will try it next time.

      • Cally
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        I second the grey card recommendation! Stuart has one which he has been using for ‘proper’ product photos, but I should really start using it too. We have shared out the photography learning curve by allocating the camera to S and the Photoshop to me. Easier to get started, but means we have no one person who understands the whole process…

  3. Alice in Richmond
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    Since I am not weaving at the moment I am really enjoying what others are doing. and I LOVE these scarves. Blue, lilac, pink, gold black they are all lovely.

    Skip away all you want.

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