My latest scarf is a bit of a happy accident. Collapse weave without even trying 🙂 Collapse weave is where the fabric naturally forms peaks and troughs as though it has been pleated or shirred, It does that because of the tensions within the warp and weft threads rather than any treatment.

It started off with a skein of hand-painted yarn that I bought at a weaver’s market. It’s from the same person who dyed the skein used in my orange & blue scarf.

Hand-painted skeins

The warp was wound so that the colours stacked loosely. Watched on by my little treefrog friends doing their evening skydiving formations.

Winding the warp under watchful eyes

The loom was warped in record time, using the back to from method. In just a few hours, I was auditioning weft yarns. It was a toss up between the charcoal ( cashmere) yarn and red/blue mix (lambs wool).

Auditioning the... [read more]