There is a home show I've been invited to participate in this fall - do you have those where you live? Several crafts people get together and set up in one person's home and sell their goods for the holidays. It's a mini crafts fair and provides original gifts for friends for the holidays as well as a little extra cash for the sellers. I have been asked to be the weaver for this particular show, called "Creative Chaos."
So I have been thinking about selling my woven items again. There was a big pile mounting up, so it was good timing. Now I need to actually finish the scarves and lining of the purses!
In an effort to see how much I could accomplish, and in the "What if..." spirit, I tried weaving two scarves at the same time on the same rigid heddle loom.
I warped with various threads including wetspun linen (which has zero stretch), novelty and cottons. I do not do wools or any animal fibers because of allergies.
One was intended to be the dark one, and one the light one.
I decided to use the exact same weft threads so there would be no difference when beating the shed.
Here is one of those puff ball yarns. I just pulled out the puffs to make them more prominent. It turned out pretty neat!
Then at the end of the weaving, I unrolled the beginning and wove the two warp ends together to make an infinity loop.
Here is the final product on the dress form!
Except, on this one.
You see, when I rolled the scarf onto the roller in order to be able to weave the beginning ends into the final ends, I failed to unwrap it from around the bar! I had to cut it off the loom. Arghhh!
I actually moved the whole scarf and loom close to my sewing machine to make 2 lines of straight stitching on each side of where I was going to cut before ever cutting. Then I serged the edges, then seamed them and top stitched them down.
Here is the darker version. I did it correctly the first time and didn't have to cut it from the loom : )
Here you can see it is one complete loop with the warp ends woven together.
The idea of weaving two at once worked well. Doing the final weave of the warp ends could have been saved for a single scarf and would have been less overwhelming.
Ever woven twice at once?
Here is my helper in my lap!
Happy Creating everyone!