Thursday, 29 December 2011

Dusk and Meadow hand-dyed Kogane cashmere

Have been to the UK for a short two-week break. Now I have to focus on some skeins of Kogane cashmere yarn recently hand-dyed in six different colours. The first two colours have been woven in the same pattern.
The first is dyed Meadow and is 1770mm x 195mm and weighs 74g. The second is dyed Dusk and is 1710mm x 195mm and also weighs 74g. Both are very soft cashmere and amongst the best you can find! Both scarves will be on sale on my stall at the Perth Upmarket at UWA on 4 March 2012.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pierrot Yarn Fleur

This time I have woven a thick Pierrot Yarn called Fleur which is 67% acrylic, 24% wool and 9% nylon. I used this yarn as the warp and tied the strands together with a peachy coloured 2-ply cashmere from Knitter's Addition as the weft. The interest in the scarf is in the colour variations in the warp. The scarf is long, being 1920mm x 205mm, and weighs 154g.
It will be on sale on my stall at the Perth Upmarket on Sunday 27 November at UWA.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

4 Yarns from Japan

Since my return from a four-week tour of China/Cambodia/Vietnam I have woven four scarves from yarns sourced from Japan.

The first is using a lavender and black 80% polyester/20% nylon yarn as the warp and a thin black silk yarn as the weft. The finished product is a delicate looking scarf with blossom on a fine mesh. It is 1750mm x 200m and weighs 76g.

The second scarf is a long green/yellow/blue fluffy acrylic scarf 2100mm x 190 mm and weighing 131g. It is bulky but very soft.

The third is another fluffy scarf. This time in red, yellow and green polyester. It is shorter and lighter being 1530mm x 150mm and weighing 84g.

The fourth is quite different. A 45% cotton/42% wool/13% nylon yarn in various colours of white, grey, orange and blue. The yarn has been used for both the warp and weft and woven in a simple pattern. The scarf is 1700mm x 180mm and weighs 130g.

All four scarves will be on sale on my stall at the Perth Upmarket at UWA on Sunday 27 November.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Alpaca Design Yarns

Whilst on holiday recently in the Eastern States I purchased 300g each of Alpaca Design 8-ply alpaca yarns coloured in fushia and watermelon. The shop was in Berrimah, NSW.

I was hoping to get two scarves from each colour but found after weaving the first that I only had sufficient for the warp of the second. I used a grey possum/merino mix yarn for the weft of the second scarf in each colour. I used the same pattern for all four scarves.
The solid fushia scarf is 1780mm x 180mm and weighs 157g.The fushia and grey scarf is 1770mm x 150mm and weighs 120g. Despite being from the same warp as the first, the possum/merino weft had a high shrinkage so resulting in a narrower scarf. The possum/merino yarn is also much lighter than the 8-ply alpaca scarf.

The solid watermelon scarf is 1800mm x 180mm and weighs 153g.

The watermelon and grey scarf is 1770mm x 150mm and weighs 120g.

All four scarves will be on sale at Alpaca Plus, Douglas Road, Henley Brook.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Indigo blue silk

I wove an indigo blue hand-dyed silk scarf ready for the Perth Upmarket held on 2 October. It was 1910mm x 190mm and weighs 85g. It does have a pattern which is hard to see, but the pattern does give the scarf an interesting texture.This is my stall at the Perth Upmarket held at UWA on 2 October.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Gold and silver lame

Have woven two "fun" scarves using a gold and a silver based lame yarns. Both are long and narrow scarves.
The gold coloured scarf is woven using Diamist Lame MC and is 1920mm x 135mm and weighs 56g. The silver coloured scarf is woven using Millane MG and is 1940mm x 125mm and weighs 43g.Now have to see what the public reaction is to two "sparkling" scarves.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Two Kogane cashmere

Ready for the Perth Upmarket on 2 October I had woven two cashmere scarves using Kogane yarns. The first was hand-dyed peppercorn and was 1790mm x 190mm and weighs 83g. The second was dyed sun orchid and was 1760mm x 195mm and weighs 75g. Both scarves were sold at the Perth Upmarket event.

Friday, 30 September 2011

3 Silks for Upmarket

I have been busy weaving scarves ready for the next Perth Upmarket at UWA on 2 October, and had no time to photograph them or write blogs.

However, I can now show the first three which are silk scarves made from hand-dyed silk yarns.

The first is dyed sun orchid with the warp from the first pot and the weft from the second pot (and hence the weft is a lighter shade). The scarf is 1920mm x 205mm and weighs 100g.

The second is dusk coloured and dyed in the same pot. The lighter colour of the weft is due to the fact that it is a shiny yarn. The scarf is 1910mm x 210mm and weighs 102g.

The third is peppercorn coloured using the two pot method(and hence the light and dark - the weft is not really white). The scarf is 1910mm x 205mm and weighs 106g.

All three scarves, and others, will be on my stall on Sunday.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

4 Japanese cottons

I was recently given 100g each of four cotton yarns brought to Australia by a Japanese friend. Each yarn was quite different and so four interesting, summer-weight, scarves have resulted.
The first is a Masterseed Cotton Print yarn which I used for both the warp and the weft. A short, narrow scarf 1240mm x 140mm weighing 78g has resulted.In the second scarf I used the three-tone white/fawn Japanese cotton yarn as the warp and a plain white cotton yarn as the weft. The resultant scarf is 1450mm x 200mm and weighs 141g.The third yarn was pink with some gold flecks which I used as the warp. A thin pink cotton yarn was used as the weft simply to tie the warp strands together. I put a narrow gold line in the scarf to complement the all over gold fleck. The scarf is 1500mm x 200mm and weighs 96g.Finally the fourth yarn was a pale blue cotton ribbon which I used as the warp, with a thin blue cotton yarn as the weft to tie the warp strands together. The scarf is 1670mm x 215mm and weighs 90g.The four scarves will be on sale on my stall at Perth Upmarket on the 2 October at UWA.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Burgundy acrylic

Whilst at the Balingup Medieval Carnivale I purchased 50g of a burgundy coloured crinkley acrylic yarn which I thought I could weave into an interesting scarf. Unfortunately the length of yarn restricted me to only a short 10cm wide warp. I used a light coloured possum/merino mix as the weft. The result is a short narrow scarf 1280mm x 90mm weighing 57g. The crinkle of the warp is only visible in the two fringes. Elsewhere an interesting mottled pattern is seen. I will test the public reaction to it at the Perth Upmarket at UWA on 2 October.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Salmon and orange silk

In getting ready for spring and summer I have woven two silk scarves. The first is coloured salmon and is 1730mm x 200mm and only weighs 45g. It does have a pattern but it is hard to see. The second scarf is in an orange coloured crinkley silk woven in tabby. It is 1650mm x 185mm and weighs 60g.Both scarves will be on sale on my stall at the Perth Upmarket 2 October at UWA.