Of course, the morning we left for the beach, I hadn't finished sampling.
I woke up super early, and wove a bit with chenille and a bit with Lion Homespun.
Cut it off the loom and quickly wet finished.
Even though I liked the look of both yarns, because I'd designed the warp with the chenille in mind, the hand of the sample was much better with chenille as weft.
The sett of this warp is 20 epi, so with a bulkier yarn the fabric was stiff and thick - more suitable for bags or pillows than for a scarf.
I packed up the loom and the chenille for weft and headed to the beach.
We had a great time weaving. The plan was for all of my nieces and nephews at the beach to weave at least a little bit.
And I think everyone did.
Here my niece E is helping her cousin L weave a bit. We're out on the deck, surrounded by dune grass and the sound of surf. Definitely a nice way to spend part of the afternoon!
My niece R discovered that the rigid heddle on my loom can stay in the down position by locking it under the little heddle stand. I never knew that....but it made weaving much easier.
We had great weather for the week, but we found time to weave 2 afternoons - enough to finish the scarf!!
When I got home, I had the rest of the finishing to do.
I checked out Susan's fringe tutorial and set up my fringe for twisting.
I don't have a fringe twister - but the next day my wrist wanted me to get one!
I just taped graph paper to styrofoam and drew lines where I needed them.
I did most of the twisting with my knitting buddies...so I might have been chatting instead of counting turns of my fringe.
There were also a few spots in the weaving where the warp or weft didn't behave.
(And believe me, the way I warped the loom left some things to be desired. Advancing the warp was a little trickier than I'd imagined.)
But everything cleaned up nicely. A mixed warp of cottons and wools - with smooth, bumpy and boucle yarns with a chenille weft definitely hides a lot of flaws.
I washed by hand and dried flat.
Here's the finished scarf on our front walk....
This is the shot that Bailey was so ably supervising the other day.
Texture and drape
Yay!! A finished scarf woven by a gaggle of grandchildren for their grandmother.
Gifted at a family birthday party today!
Setting up this warp
Bailey supervising the photo shoot
Susan's twisted fringe tutorial