In spite of the December deadline for the scarf challenge, weavers are already working on their projects.
Diana wove her scarf for the challenge from yarn she got from Dee. The warp yarns were 8/2 green rayon, 4 ply variegated rayon, 5/2 light green cotton and ribbon also in greens. The warp was sett as follows: 8/2 rayon – 18 epi; 4 ply rayon – 12 epi; 5/2 cotton & ribbon – 12 epi. The warp was threaded in a straight draw on 4 shafts.
The weft yarns were the 8/2 green rayon alternating with a 10/2 pale green cotton for the majority of the scarf, woven in plain weave. Diana used orange, white, fuchsia, blue and purple similar weight yarns for the accent areas of the weft. The accent weft patterns were mostly twills found in Anne Dixon’s book: The Handweaver's Pattern Directory.
Diana used a weighted “false temple” for the first time when weaving this scarf. This involves using clamps at either side of the woven fabric, near the fell line. String or twine is attached to each clamp and these are weighted. The idea is to help keep the project from pulling in too much while not having to use a traditional temple, which tends to stab the weaver.
Diana plans to enter this lovely scarf in the Nevada County Inspired category at the Nevada County Fair this summer.