Inkle Photo Mat
This project is mostly my daughter's. She and her friend took a trip to Peru and she wanted to give him this picture of Machu Picchu which they had taken on the trip. She wove the first inkle band with #10 crochet cotton but didn't like how busy it looked with the photo. She was unable to find the right color of blue in crochet thread to make a solid color band, so I suggested that she look for a lightweight sweater that she could take apart at the thrift shop. She found the blue-green silk and nylon sweater (remains shown in the last picture) and I took it apart for her. It was one strand of nylon plied with a very loosely spun strand of silk and was definitely not going to be strong enough for an inkle warp so I respun it. Still not strong enough so I did a two ply version; still iffy so on the third try I plied two strands of respun sweater with one strand of the sewing thread (on the cone in last photo). This worked, so she wove her inkle and framed her picture. I'm not sure what she will do with the rejected inkle, but I like to weave assymetrical bands with a strong design on one edge when I join them together to make something (bag, etc.). This gives a strong center design element when they are joined and they don't look so much like railroad tracks, which is what happens when you join symmetrical bands. I laid the two ends together in the picture so you could see what I mean. Sorry that I couldn't get a picture of the framed photo without the glare. The fold at the corners of the mat also catch the light and show in the photo but don't in real life.