I did some tencel weaving using a draft I had sitting around and used a couple times last year with solid colors. I loved how it worked out and decided this year to try some handdyed in the warp. Several weaver facebook friends had used mixed warps and the design looked worth trying.
I had two skeins of Teresa Rush designs handdyed tencel I picked up last year at the Seattle Weaver's Guild sale that looked promising. Her dyeing techniques are just so very amazing with blended saturated colors. these were slightly different but both mainly in reds, charcoal and teals that were so dark they looked black. I haven't really woven much with reds so it was fun watching this develop.
I had to do a lot of calculating to get the total length of the skeins to work out into the right number of threads for the pattern and still come up with the length I needed for a double cowl and a scarf while arranging the colors to pool together on the warping board. I ended up removing an 8 thread section of the draft from the center of my reed to make it work.
The facebook posts of my work in progress drew a lot of wonderful comments and I'm so pleased with the weave structure - a plain weave /lace combo--using the handdyed yarns.
|5/2 Tencel fromTeresa Ruch designs|
in process from skein, swift, ball winder, warping board to loom
|double cowl 68" circumference x 9" wide|
woven with 8/2 black tencel weft.
|woven with 8/2 shale weft|
72" plus 4" fringes in length x 9" wide.
Happy birthday, Danika.