Weaving a wild warp

This was a great dare for Halloweave.  It ended up being a Friendship Scarf  which I cut and split into a scarf for me and my daughter.  Although the glittery mohair fought me, I figured out a way around it and enjoyed the entire project.  Thanks for all the great advice!


Posted on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 16:22

I'm not sure where my post disappeared to, but that's HalloWeave for you. Anyway, what I said was I'm daring myself to weave a wild warp from miscellaneous fibers -- black, purples in fuzzy, shiny, even some ribbon. I direct warped onto my rigid heddle at 10 epi while watching sci-fi, and tried to not be symmetrical.

Posted on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 17:52

I look forward to seeing your finished result - the current roject I have on my rigid heddle  - that needs to be finished so I can start my dare - has fuzzy yarn for some of the warp and it is an interesting adventure in weaving. I'd like to hear  how fuzzy works for you. I sometimes think random is so much nicer than symmetry.


Posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 01:33

Well, the five strands of Moonlight Mohair had REAL problems fitting through the slots on the 10 dpi heddle -- snarling, shredding, etc. So, what to do? I cut it and pulled it out of the heddle and from the weaving I had done. Yessirreee. It's HalloWeave and I'm unafraid! Then I measured out five more strands and needle wove the two inches I had begun, bundled each strand, and laid them over the heddle for an "up" heddle, and dropped them between the ends for a "down" heddle. It's working!

Posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 14:56

My latest discovery is the chenille doesn't really like the rigid heddle either, although it's not shredding. My solution is to use a wide-tooth comb to beat the weft and only use the heddle to change sheds. So far, so good!

Posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 15:01

The mohair blend I currently have warped on my rh loom was okay at the beginning but now that I am nearing the end it is pilling like crazy off the warp beam - but since I anly have a few more inches to weave I am bearing with it and lesson learned not to use it in warp again at least not this particular mohair.  In about a month ai am taking a class on working with chenille on the rh - hopefully I will get some good hints and methods on making it work. Good luck with your project - I really like the colors in your warp - are you using the same in weft?


Posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 15:15

I'm using solid black as weft. I'm hoping it will be very soft, as I am going to cut it in half diagonally to make two triangle scarves with each having fringe along one edge. After hemming the cut edge, I'll tack the acute angles together, forming a circle with those ends. I think I'll call it a friendship scarf -- I keep one and give one to a friend. I'll try to post a link to my project page: http://weavolution.com/project/chrisweavemaine/wild-warp-small-shawl#

Posted on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 15:01

An experienced weaver friend (Pam, you know it's you) suggested it would have been easier to leave the mohair warps open and needle weave them rather than do the up/down/up/down routine. Well, it's not too late for that, so I'm going to just weave like crazy and every few inches, needle weave the mohair.

Posted on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 15:06

Well, the jury's still out on which works best. The weaving, obviously, goes faster when I don't stop to flip warp yarns up and down, but needle weaving the mohair yanks the weft threads out of place--not a lot but enough. I'm back to flipping the five yarn butterflies. Only a few more inches to go!!

Posted on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 00:03

It's off the loom and ready to sew, cut, hem and finish. My brother-in-law died last week, so family took precedence over weaving. I was glad to get back to my looms today.

Posted on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 19:56

My "friendship scarves" are done! I'm going to twist the fringe on mine and leave my daughter's fringe free to flutter. I haven't figured out how to post pictures in my "posting", so I'll upload them to my project page ASAP.