handWoven neckWear

Okay, let's talk about processes. 


The HOW has always intrigued me more than the finished project.
Turned a heel and abandoned that knit sock for over a year 
(it's getting cold again, maybe I'll be inspired to finish it!) 
Learned to thrum mitts, ahem... well, learned to thrum a single mitt. 
Crocheted a crap-ton of granny squares with my first-ever-spun handspun yarn... then couldn't bear to let them touch the ground.
(needless to say, never made those slippers)

Once I've learned the technique, and sometimes master it (but usually not) I have to move on to something else because it will get too monotonous quicker than I can finish the next piece.

Which is why I love working with handspun yarn! To me, the yarn creates each piece of art (whether it be hat, cowl, shawl, mitts, whatever).
Full of character and creativity, texture and spontaneity, always inspiring, always different!  

Don't get me wrong, I love the accomplishment of being done with a piece. Unlike my art career that ended because I could never finish ANYTHING... And that's the way I liked it.

I recently found another (un)finished piece. Chalk pastels - my favorite medium. I'll update this post with a picture as soon as the light is right!

Speaking of accomplishments, my partner and I built a tri-loom months ago. I wove one thing and cast it aside for a while. But I've recently fallen in love with it! 
Woven Mosaic
The initial turn off, was the look of the finished piece - the weft and warp being the same yarn. So I figured out how to continuously weave with two and three different yarns - finally, excitement! 

I'm going to make a patchwork woven blanket with all the pieces... someday. But right now I'm enamored by this new process:

I wanted to display the yarn in a way that it wouldn't lose any of it's SELF (without displaying it in a bowl, on a shelf, forever)
So I strung my handspun onto the loom as the warp and wove with a tan sock yarn.

notice the low-tech fiber equipment. pen cartridge = shuttle
Woven Mosaic

It worked! It worked! I'm thrilled with the idea and can't wait to make more. Although, TEDIOUS, it took over five hours to complete. (that might be an understatement)


  1. Love your weaving result! How did you do the tassles? Gorgeous colours too :)

  2. Thanks Suzy! The tassels were fun to figure out. I core-spun a lofty alpaca batt, then laid it out over the neckpeice and let the yarn twist back on itself every inch or so. It's sewn on with the same yarn I used for the weft.


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