Tuesday, April 22, 2008



The green wool fiber Crosspatch Victoria in the Woodsmade by Crosspatch Creations arrived two weeks ago from The Bellwether. I finished up the orange fiber I was spinning and started spinning this.

I love this fiber It is made up of Corriedale crossbreds, tussah silk, and silk noils. Some of those silk noils are even orange.


I am beginning to think about weaving. Not the current crackle project but something quite different. I'm thinking about a shawl.

I want to combine this yarn I am currently spinning with the orange yarn I have just finished spinning (but have yet to ply).


I want to do some kind of color-and-weave with a twill warp. At first I had thought about shadow weave. I dearly love shadow weaver and would like to explore six- and eight-shaft shadow weave.

The problem with shadow weave is that it based on plain weave. Plain weave fabrics do not drape very well. Their drape can be improved by sett and beat as well as by yarn selection. But in essence, plain weave creates a relatively firm fabric. Twill drapes.


I could open up the plain weave sett to improve its drape. But then the resulting fabric becomes schlocky and threads will want to move around.

Since I want to weave a shawl (preferably) or a scarf, I really want a weave structure that will drape nicely but at the same time is not schlocky.

And there are all kinds of color-and-weave possibilities within a twill structure.


A couple of years ago I knit a Faroese shawl. The structure of the shawl creates a garment which is really all-bias and drapes beautifully around the shoulders. A woven twill shawl which is simply a rectangle will not drape this well. But it hopefully will drape more nicely than a shawl woven in plain weave.

So twill it will be.



Leigh said...

Schlocky? Peg, are you wordsmithing???

Dorothy said...

What a pretty looking yarn, I'm sure it will look superb with orange. How much will you need to spin for your weaving project?

Peg in South Carolina said...


Not a wordsmith. This is a word from my childhood. And Googling brought up this:
From Answers.com Of decidedly inferior quality: base2, cheap, lousy, miserable, paltry, poor, rotten, shoddy, sleazy, trashy. Informal cheesy. Slang crummy. See good/bad.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Dorothy, I haven't yet quite figured it out. for a 12" scarf sett at 12 epi I have figured that i need a minimum of 750 yards. Once I know the wpi of the planned yarns and have decided on the size of the shawl, I can estimate the amount I will need.