Lemonade Weaves: 1
When life gives you lemons… weave yourself some lemonade. To keep us all going – whether we’re self-isolating, quarantined or just keeping a safe distance – I thought I’d share a few ways to make the most of simple drafts. I don’t have a master plan, I’m just sharing what comes to mind. I thought I’d start with tips for when you’re working from your stash and maybe have lots of little bits of yarn. How does that sound?
The embarrassing bit
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Now on with the weaving!
Let’s have a 6-end point threading. It’s this one:
If we weave it ‘as drawn in’ with a balanced twill we get a tiny diamond pattern. I have highlighted the six picks which correspond to the six threads in the threading repeat.
But let’s stretch that out to an 8-pick repeat, like this:
Very slightly bigger diamonds… OK, fine… But now let’s add colour.
Turn a twill into a field of flowers
The pick at the top of the sequence lifts shafts 2 & 3. I’ll make it grey to match the warp colour: that’s quite important for the effect I want to obtain. Then I’ll weave the next three picks (3 & 4; 4 & 1; 3 & 4) in a contrasting colour. Back to 2 & 3 in grey, then three more picks in colour (1 & 2; 4 & 1; 1 & 2). And repeat:
This is a fabulous design for using up little scraps of yarn. You only need three picks of any one yarn to add an accent stripe. It always makes me think of a field of flowers and it looks amazing on a green warp. By the way, you don’t need your ‘plain’ weft colour to match the warp exactly, but it’s good if it blends in. Aim to choose a yarn with a similar value.
At some point, I was given a bag full of scraps of pink mohair. What can I say? It happens. Pink mohair is not really my thing, but it does make a lovely garden of blooms.
First posted on weavingspace.co.uk © Cally Booker