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Following the wave

One of the things artists do is have fancy folders. Another thing they do is do the same thing over and over gain. Over the last six months I've been working on the same thing in slight variations: wave scarves.

Waves are woven on plain weave which is then distorted by a wave shuttle. I've been fascinated by the effect you can get with a wave shuttle and had experimented in the past. But, like many weavers, found the wave effect started to disappear as soon as I took my fabric off the loom and had competely gone by the time the fabric was washed and dried.

But I wanted to try again. I took Kaz Madigan's (Weaving Curves with a Wave Stick) suggestion of weaving on a 4 shaft loom and changing shed before using the wave stick with Liz Evans' (Wavy Weaving article) suggestion of using sticky wool yarns instead of smooth cottons and rayons. And it worked!

My initial samples were really promising. Here's some photos of the waves on an off the loom, with very little difference!

My warp here is a multi-stranded multi-coloured wool and the weft is grey alpaca with a diferent colours of merino/sparkle (purple, teal and silver) or two strands of grey alpaca.

I learned so much through weaving all these scarves, including coming up with new colour combinations when yarn ran out, tying on a new warp to an old warp and chaining off half a warp while weaving when I made it too wide. But mostly I think I learned how to maintain interest in something that I'd done before, or get enthused in the small tweaks along the way.

I'm hoping to sell these scarves throughout this year at Canberra Spinners and Weavers exhibitions and here on my website.

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