Obtaining motivation and creativity has been challenging during the pandemic. When speaking with friends and family, it is worth remembering that they too are experiencing the strains and negative impact of this current pandemic. It is a very crazy world we are living in today.
While at a zoom meeting, I had just finished working on scarf #1 and was showing it to the group. A friend told me that it has the appearance of Fair Isle knitting. Wow – it does. Then I came up with an idea. The concept of weaving a fabric that resembles stranded knitting or fair isle. This is something to talk about. At last, I felt excited. This is going to be fun.
Eight shaft overshot is the structure. I am using small patterns and many colors similar to stranded knitting. You can make up your own designs. I wove three scarves presenting different looks but all reminiscent of knitting fair isle.
Scarf #1 – This is the first scarf I wove. The yarn used is 8/2 tencel set at 24 epi. The warp and tabby weft are black and the pattern weft are several jewel tone colors.
Scarf #2 – After completing scarf #1, I tied-on to the same warp using a 10/2 cotton cream color yarn. The tabby weft is cream (same as warp) and the pattern weft is several colors. For this scarf, I used three of the patterns from the first scarf and added a separation between patterns with a 3/4″ plain weave cream color weft.
Scarf #3 – This scarf is similar to Scarf #2 except the yarn used is wool. The warp is a fawn color and again using many different colors in the weft.
Scarf #2 and #3 look very different in person – the pictures don’t necessarily reflect this.
This was a exciting project to work on. I wove this on my Schacht Pup. There are a lot of color changes, but it goes fast after awhile.