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A video of me weaving freeform overshot pick up

My eBook “The Mermaid Scarf & The Freeform Overshot Technique “ explains this flexible weave structure and how to design your own patterns and weave patterns designed by others in detail.

I finished weaving my Caribbean Shawl

Now that I have finished weaving the shawl, including hemstitching the end, like I hemstitched the beginning, I will twist the fringe and add sparkly blue beads to it.

COMPLETE Mermaid Scarf 2.0 Weaving Kit now available

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This complete weaving kit (link to my Etsy shop) for my Mermaid Scarf 2.0 includes three separate items. Because Etsy listings may contain EITHER physical or digital download items, I had to list this complete 3-part kit as a physical item. Therefore, I will email the two ebooklets to buyers.

You will receive:

1. My FULL COLOR 20-page eBooklet “The Mermaid Scarf Pattern & the Freeform Overshot Technique” with freeform overshot instructions. This booklet contains:
* Close-up photographs of the back of my ORIGINAL Mermaid Scarf showing design detail.
* A description of my creative process and reinventing freeform overshot.
* A detailed, easy-to-follow description of how to weave a Mermaid-style scarf.
* Excerpts and photographs from blog posts I wrote while I was weaving the scarf.
* Directions on how to apply the freeform overshot technique to any weaving project.
* Photographs of freeform overshot scarves and comments from five other weavers.
* How to use weaving software to design freeform overshot patterns.
* How to weave freeform overshot-style patterns on a dobby loom.

2. My Mermaid Scarf 2.0 CHART: I designed the original 2015 Mermaid Scarf 1.0 as I wove it, stream-of-consciousness style. My 2018 Mermaid Scarf 2.0 has flowier curves than the original. This pattern chart contains 58,752 pixels; 64 ends wide and 918 pattern weft picks. Tabby weft pickes are not included. Finished scarf dimensions: 5.33 inches wide on the loom with a 12-dent heddle like the original scarf (wider if you add background twill borders) and is 83.5 inches wide on the loom.

3. A Mermaid Scarf 2.0 Yarn Kit with multiple color choices. Included in this weaving kit:
* 3/2 mercerized cotton warp yarn: 250 yards
* 10/2 mercerized cotton tabby weft yarn: 215yds
* Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock pattern weft yarn: 225 yards. Content: 75% Superwash Wool/25% Nylon.

Color choices for warp and tabby weft (all mercerized cotton):
* Jade green (original color)
* Light blue (UKI light turquoise)
* Light pink
* Magenta (more muted than the magenta in the pattern weft sock yarn)
* Eggplant
* Red (crimson)
* Purple (royal purple)
* Ivory (unbleached white)

Another weaving project done!

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I took the fabric for my Northern Lights Tunic Vest off the loom. Time to wash it. Then I have another tie-on project to the white huck lace poncho warp.

Six more colors now available for my Mermaid Scarf Yarn Kit

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Six new colors for my Mermaid Scarf Yarn Kit: Light pink, magenta, eggplant, royal purple, crimson, ivory. Each yarn kit comes with the rainbow sock yarn, and mercerized cotton 3/2 and 10/2 warp and pattern weft yarns.

NEW Mermaid Scarf Yarn Kit with TWO color choices!

I just listed a Mermaid Scarf yarn kit in my Etsy shop with TWO color choices:

  • Warp yarn: the original 3/2 mercerized cotton warp yarn in jade green OR pastel blue fingering weight Araucania Cana Ruca sugarcane viscose rayon: 250 yards (the same yarn I used for my Seashell Scarf)
  • Tabby weft yarn: 10/2 jade green or pastel blue tabby weft yarn: 215yd
  • Pattern weft yarn: Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock pattern weft yarn: 225 yards. Content: 75% Superwash Wool/25% Nylon.

Note: pattern chart and freeform overshot ebooklet sold separately!

Weave this water-themed scarf with large spirals and waves on a rigid-heddle loom, shaft loom, or backstrap loom. Overshot cloth uses a thicker weft for pattern floats alternating with thinner tabby picks that stabilize the web. Use a pick-up stick to weave the spiral pattern.

I charted my Mermaid Scarf

Mermaid Scarf Pattern 2.0 Freeform Overshot Weaving Chart

© Lisa Rayner 2018

Weave a richly-patterned scarf using a pick up stick on a rigid heddle, backstrap or shaft loom (using pick-up), or drawloom using my freeform overshot technique. You can also use or modify this chart to weave four-shaft double weave, embroidery, beading, or for knitting a two-color stranded knitting or double knitting, or a knit/purl pattern.

The download is for a 14-page PDF design chart for a 64-end pick up pattern. Reading this eBooklet requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or newer. The PDF is enough for rigid heddle weavers to use for pick up weaving.

Note: You are purchasing a pattern only. This ebooklet contains the pick up chart drawdown and weaving notes for my Mermaid Scarf 2.0. This is all you need to weave the pattern using a pick up stick. This ebooklet does NOT include the complete instructions for this scarf. If you need instruction on how to weave freeform overshot and/or instructions for the original Mermaid Scarf as pictured on the cover of the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue of Handwoven magazine, please refer to my 20-page ebooklet or printed booklet, “The Mermaid Scarf Pattern & the Freeform Overshot Technique.” Watch my short freeform overshot video on my Lisa Rayner Handwoven’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lisaraynerhandwovens.

I designed the original Mermaid Scarf 1.0 as I wove it, stream-of-consciousness style. My Mermaid Scarf 2.0 has flowier curves than the original. This pattern chart contains 58,752 pixels; 64 ends wide and 918 pattern weft picks. Tabby weft pickes are not included. Finished scarf dimensions: 5.33 inches wide on the loom (wider if you add backgound twill borders) and is 83.5 inches wide on the loom.

Freeform overshot is a pick-up technique I created to weave wearable, drapeable fabrics with large motifs not constrained in size by loom shaft numbers. The nautilus twill pattern yarn alternates with a thinner tabby yarn that forms a stabilizing grid for overshot patterns.

All rights reserved. No part of this booklet may be duplicated, reprinted or shared electronically without written permission from the author, except for brief quotes and reviews. Respecting copyright supports the important work of authors. In addition, my patterns are for personal use only, not commercial use. Thank you.

Etsy sale in progress

I’m participating in the ETSYCYBER2018 sale through November 25. Receive 20% off my ebooklets on freeform overshot, my iridescent leno lace shawl, my goddess ruana, and my seashell scarf. https://etsy.me/2N8tdKz

Three finished bracelets sold

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I’ve sold three transgender pride flag bracelets so far. They’re listed in my Etsy shop.

I love weaving

I have time this holiday weekend to weave my Northern Lights Tunic Vest fabric.

Transgender pride flag bracelet available in my Etsy shop

I wanted to weave a quick and fun project. Also, my wife and I want to improve transgender visibility and acceptance in this era in which the Trump Administration and Republicans want to erase transgender people out of existence by taking away our human rights and civil rights protections and abilities to protect ourselves from harm legally, such as my wife’s access to women’s restrooms, other public accommodations like being served in retail establishments, and employment protections,  access to transgender health care, hate crime reporting, census inclusion, and much more. Luckily for us, New Mexico has statewide civil rights protections for gender identity and sexual orientation

I decided to weave bracelets not only for the two of us, but for others concerned about the safety, health and happiness of trans people as well, both trans and trans allies. The bracelets are finished with homemade bias tape and snaps. You can choose the length of bracelet you want.

Weaving notes: Transgender Pride Flag Bracelet

  • Most of the yarn is 3/2 mercerized cotton (WEBS dark and light pink and bleached white). Because I wanted to use up stash yarn, some of the yarn is tripled 10/2 cotton (UKI light turquiose) and doubled 8/2 unmercerized cotton (the medium pink).
  • The weft is the WEBS light pink yarn.
  • 37 ends, outer ends heddled. The finished bracelets are one inch wide.
  • I warped the entire length of my full-size Schacht Inkle Loom.