Freestyle Weaving, With Intention And Love

Some people think that freestyle or freeform weaving is done without a plan.  That is not true.  Even Saori style weaving is planned.  Have a look at Saori weaving photos and you will see what I mean.  You still need to choose your colors and yarn, unless you wear a blindfold and just pick willy-nilly.

I have just completed a scarf for my daughter’s birthday.  She got it a little late as I just came back from holiday, and before that I had to spin a whole lot of green.  Green is one of her favorite colors.  So, for starters, I had to think about the colors I would use.  I didn’t have all the right green, and therefore needed to order some.  I then carded the fibers with other bling fibers (more thought) and spun the yarn.  I spun yarn until my hands ached and then I stopped, and then I spun some more.

This is what I used in the scarf.

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Full disclosure, the first shuttle on the bottom left is a commercial cotton blend for my neutral that I used a very small amount of.  You can see I no longer use cardboard shuttles or wooden spoons as the hubs made me some shuttles and I also ordered loads on eBay.  I don’t think one can have too many shuttles.

I used all hand spun for warp on an Ashford varident reed using 5 and 2.5 dent heddles.  I used the whole width of the reed which is less than the 16 inches of my loom.

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IMG_1344I also needed to think about which yarns I would start and finish weaving with as I needed a smooth yarn to do the hemstitch.  I chose one the same as one of the warps and a similar one at the end.  The only color I didn’t use in the weft is the blue/green as I used it all for warp, otherwise I used all the warp colors and others in the first photo.

IMG_1346Here is the finished scarf.  I had warped it the night before and finished it the following day.

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The weave was quite loose and open when I took it off of the loom as would be expected because gaps of the larger heddles.  However, after a little soak in some hair conditioner (the yarn had already been washed and set), a spin in the washing machine, and 10 minutes on low in the tumble dryer, everything came together.  The scarf is very soft and fluffy.  I trimmed the tassels to the length of the shortest side and left them as they don’t need twisting.

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Once I started weaving, I just chose a dark color followed by a lighter color and so on.  I didn’t measure my sections and just carried on that way until the end.  This is the freestyle part of weaving.

IMG_1349I love how the locks pop out from the warp and the weft.

IMG_1350The thrums also gave some nice texture too.

My daughter will have received this by the time this post comes to light and I am hoping she likes it as she generally likes plain things.  In any event, she knows what I have been weaving and the style and said I could make her a scarf.  This is why I don’t do commissions.  Update: my daughter said she loves the scarf and wishes it was colder so she could wear it!  So success.

So, if someone makes you something that looks totally random, trust me, a lot of thought and effort has gone into the making of it, and a lot of love too!

7 thoughts on “Freestyle Weaving, With Intention And Love

  1. Arlene you just go from strength to strength! Congratulations on your new loom and associated bits and pieces! I love your explorations and because you are honest about these explorations I am learning more about weaving, spinning, etc.
    Thanks for your candour and showing us all those wonderful pictures of your works and acquisitions.
    All the very best! ❤️

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    1. Thanks you so much for the lovely comments Carol. I like to share my experiences in the hope others will not be afraid to try something new. I find the whole spinning and weaving thing fascinating and showing what the wool can do and what we can do with it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I am still new to weaving also. Everything I do is a learning experience. I watch a lot of videos on youtube which helps. 🙂

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