Here’s a graphic of the final collar drawdown. It includes the 20/2 tabby weft picks. While weaving software can change the thickness of different yarns on screen, I decided to keep the tabby weft the same size as the pattern weft so that it is easier for me to see where I am on my loom’s laptop screen while I am weaving. AVL Compu-Dobby looms advance automatically after each pick when I press down on the left treadle (the looms have two treadles, one for lifting the pattern pick, and one to advance the weaving). Now it’s time to thread the heddles!
I’m weaving a kimono-style collar for a long vest. The pattern is a freeform overshot, Mermaid Scarf-style spiral design. I’m experimenting with a chenille warp sett at 15 epi, cotton knitting yarn pattern weft, and a 20/2 mercerized cotton tabby weft from Lunatic Fringe Yarns that is the exact color of the Webs chenille. For practical reasons, the spiral pattern has floats no longer than four warp and weft ends. I will weave the vest fabric on my eight-shaft floor loom using a hand painted warp, hand painted tencel, and hand painted rayon yarns.
I am writing a Mermaid Scarf/freeform overshot booklet. Weave wearable, drapeable scarves and other fabrics on any loom, from rigid heddle looms, backstrap looms, and even full size inkle looms, to simple shaft looms, multishaft table and floor looms, and dobby looms using the freeform overshot technique.
The booklet will include:
- Close-up photographs of the back of my Mermaid Scarf that I took when I first removed the scarf from the loom, before wet finishing. This is the closest thing I have to a pattern chart, as I did not use a chart to weave my scarf.
- A detailed, easy-to-follow description of how I wove my Mermaid Scarf, including excerpts and photographs from blog posts that I wrote when I was weaving the scarf.
- Directions on how to apply the freeform overshot technique to any weaving project, including variations using a different mix of yarns than I used
- Photographs and comments from other weavers who have woven freeform overshot scarves on their own or using Interweave Press’s Mermaid Scarf Kit
- How to weave patterns similar to the freeform overshot technique on a multishaft dobby loom
- How to use computer software weaving programs to design freeform overshot patterns and create pattern charts showing every single warp/weft interlacement.
Purchasing details coming soon.
My finished shawl. Not counting the fringe, it’s the same length as my kitchen table. It’s super soft and drapey, a really amazing texture! Eight-shaft, three-end huck, 15 epi 3/2 cotton warp (organic DK Great Adirondack knitting yarn in Spring Garden, plus some Confetti and Hydrangea), five-end, handspun cobalt blue singles weft. I had to change the tie-up 13 times to produce this range of motifs; I used Fibonacci sequence numbers to space the motifs.
I named it my Sanibel Seaside Shawl, which is perfect timing, as Hurricane Irma just spared Sanibel from serious harm. I can’t wait until I can wear this shawl on Sanibel in a couple of months!!! I will take more photos soon showing the shawl being worn by me and LynnAnnRose.
LynnAnnRose wearing an indigo faux-ikat skirt I sewed for her; Pablo kept me company. Her indigo shibori blouse from Mali and Maasai beaded necklace are from the International Folk Art Market, as are the pink and white handwoven ikat scarf on the left side of the photo and the royal blue nuno felted jacket on the right, both from Central Asia.