Thursday, May 26, 2011

Here's the scarf after seven feet of weaving--with the end finally in sight!

As I did when I started, I added a few placeholder lines of blue, to keep the white woven threads in place until the ends could get tied up.

I then untied the knots that I'd tied onto the back rod when I first set up the loom....

.....and pulled all the loose ends out the front, through the heddles and reed.

Look at all the wooly flotsam and jetsam that got shipwrecked through the process of being worked through the loom! A double-handful of fibers accumulated on the reed, shaken and tangled off of the yards of yarn that had twice passed through it.

As I unrolled the scarf from the beam, I was able to see the whole piece of fabric at once for the first time. It was very exciting.

Then it was time to tie it up! I laid it out flat on a towel (to give it traction), and carefully clipped and picked out the blue pieces, tying a solid row of overhand knots as I went, to keep the white pattern from shifting or getting loose.

I wanted to add a couple rows of knots for a decorative look, so I did that to both ends; then I trimmed the fringe to even everything out.

Finally all that was left was to trim off the little end tags I'd tied onto the weft, along with the excess end-strings that resulted from bobbins running out and being replaced....

(...see them all there?)....then gently wash it in the sink...(which I didn't document, because my hands were wet!)....and then....

....wear it!



  1. Ha! You position your hands like a Greek/Renaissance painting/sculpture. :)

  2. Gorgeous. And I second Chris's observation. So cool to see the process. Visually, it's an amazing combo of industry and crafts.