…you get something like this:
I want to use a finer (in the fibre sense) wool than the lambswool in these samples and I don’t have a lot that is suitable. Being unable to wear wool in general, I like to encourage other non-wool people by using Merino for scarves — the fibres are fine enough to be below the radar of even very sensitive skin. However, most of the Merino I have is too fine (in the yarn sense) to be an enjoyable ‘first warp’ and I’m not that struck by the alternatives available.
This candy-coloured combination is Jaggerspun 2/18 set at 24 epi. It has the merit of being readily available even if it is rather pricy. (The reason why I am using yellow and shocking pink here is because these are the colours I would normally use in small doses so I have the most left! I do have a nice royal blue too, but thought I had better save that for the students…) If anyone has any suggestions for wool yarn which is (1) affordable, (2) wearable by the fibre-sensitive, (3) suitable for weaving twills at approx 20 epi and (4) readily available in the UK then do shout out.
Speaking of Merino and scarves, though, I do have some news of a happy kind. The buyer for the National Gallery shop paid a visit to the summer show and took a liking to my work. So, when I collected my scarves from the venue last week, I called in to see him. And the result of our meeting is that those very scarves are now on sale in the shop at the National Gallery on The Mound in the centre of Edinburgh.
And I am looking at a rather bare cupboard and thinking: help! Open Studios is next month! But samples first, scarf warp next. And I am almost ready to tackle the 8 shaft project on the Delta — just awaiting several kilos of yarn.
Several people have shared some very interesting thoughts on innovation and design in the comments on my last post. I am pretty confident that I can’t do this topic justice, as I can see so many sides to the debate and wouldn’t even know where to start. However, if you have some thoughts you’d like to share or see any essays or blog posts of interest then please do chip in. I find inter-craft discussion fascinating, because there are so many disciplines with very different characteristics.