My Goddess Ruana Project eBooklet is finished and listed in my Etsy shop. This seven-page, full-color ebooklet provides all the directions you need to weave and sew your own Goddess Ruana made from handwoven Fibonacci-striped fabric, a freeform overshot scarf, and a piece of commercial quilting fabric.
My finished Goddess Ruana. The fabric of the body of the ruana is Fibonacci-striped plain weave, woven in a 12-dent heddle with multiple sizes of weaving yarn: 3/2, 5/2, 6/2, 10/2. 20/2, with the thinner yarns bundled together to equal a 3/2 thickness. I wanted bright, colorful fabric. I sewed a tube of commercial seashell fabric inside out and made the neck curved. Then I sewed the seashell fabric to each side of the ruana fabric. I hand sewed the Goddess Scarf to the back of the neck so that I can flip the ends of the scarf over my shoulders. The bottom is hemmed. I’m have a lampwork glass bead for the front closer and the sides tacked together to prevent the ruana from blowing around in the wind. I’m now going to write a project ebooklet for the ruana and scarf: Buy my goddess and other freeform overshot patterns and technique ebooklets at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaRaynerHandwovens.
I’ve been sewing my Goddess Ruana. I sew all my handwoven fabric, and commercial fabric, on a 1950s Singer clone sewing machine (a Riccar). For sealing the edges of handwoven fabric pieces, this is the zigzag attachment and cab I use.
Weavers who don’t have a serger often use plain zigzag stitch to seal fabric edges. I experimented with the different cabs that came with the zigzagger and discovered that this particular pattern holds yarn in pace the most effectively. It’s a fractal: smaller stitches within a larger curving arc. This stitch pattern is very effective at making sure that no warp or weft ends are left loose.
Here’s what I do: I make two parallel lines of this zigzag pattern and then cut the fabric in between them. I usually hand sew rolled hems that are about a quarter inch thick.
I sewed a tube of the commercial seashell fabric and made the neck curved. Then I sewed the seashell fabric to one side of the ruana fabric. The straight pin with the yellow head is marking the middle point of the right ruana panel.
I bought a large, really colorful lampwork glass button to be the fastener for my Goddess Ruana. The color intensity matches that of the scarf and Fibonacci striped fabric.
I’m sewing the Goddess Ruana this week. The first photo shows the fabrics I’m using: I wove 14 feet of the Fibonacci-striped cotton fabric. I’m cutting the fabric in half for the two sides of the ruana. If you don’t know what a ruana is, it’s a poncho/cape-like garment found in Mexico, Central and South America. I will insert a narrow piece of the pictured seashell fabric down the entire back to open up the neck area and make the ruana a little wider. Then I will attach the Goddess Scarf around the neck opening. The plan is to have the scarf lie flat against either side of the front opening and the curl upwards to form a shawl collar around the back of the ruana.
I wove the red ruana pictured below a few years ago. It won a best of show award for the Coconino County Fair Fiber and Needle Arts division (weaving, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc.). For the red ruana, I wove it in one piece on my 8-shaft floor loom, splitting the front into two halves and inserting a triangular piece of shisha mirror embroidery I made to make more room for my neck.
My finished Goddess Scarf. Now I have to sew the ruana together. There’s a Labor Day sale starting today in my Etsy store: ETSYLABORDAY2018 coupon good for 10% off August 29 to September 3. If you want to purchase one or a few goddess motif patterns, use coupon GODDESS20 for 20% off.
Photos of the back and front of my finished Goddess Scarf. I twisted two ends of the 3/2 tencel warp to make a fine fringe. I added beads to every other fringe end, mostly in the 6/0 range. Time to weave in the color change ends and wet finish!
Labor Day weekend sale: ETSYLABORDAY2018 coupon good for 10% off August 29 to September 3
I’m almost finished weaving my Goddess Scarf. I’ve been out of town. I’m looking forward to wearing the finished ruana.
Use GODDESS20 in my Etsy store for 20% off all six goddess motifs. I will publish a project booklet when the ruana is finished.
An Ashanti Akua’ba fertility figurine. Akua’ba figures are not goddesses per se, but rather fertility aids for Akan-speakers in Ghana. They are carved in wood. Coupon GODDESS20 for 20% off.
You can also buy all six goddess patterns for $17.49, cheaper than buying them individually: https://www.etsy.com/listing/636633857/sale-all-6-goddessl-scarf-pattern-charts.
It’s my favorite goddess motif so far. Because I will be using this scarf as a collar, I’ve decided to weave only one more goddess. I don’t want the shawl collar hanging down more than about 30 inches on either side of the ruana’s front opening. Time to design the last goddess motif!