Our garden has sprung into life as well with this lovely azalea in flower and a helibore.
Let's hope this lasts and we have a good summer !
Now, what about the weaving ? You will remember that I made a start on a Tencel iridescent scarf and I had struggled with a temporary heddle and then upside down weaving. I continued to struggle for most of this scarf. My left selvedge was great, no complaints and no worries but the right hand one was not working well. The more I noticed it the more I fiddled and the worse it got ! Then I got a helpful tip from Barbara, who is a loyal reader of my blog and a very experienced weaver. She suggested moving along the bench a bit to my left. So I started weaving slightly off centre and lo and behold perfect right hand selvedge ! It worked like magic and I can't thank her enough. So the last foot or so of the scarf has good selvedges ! Some pictures to show you what I mean : Left hand selvedge looking good !
Right hand selvedge looking awful. Also notice the darkish stripe in the fabric - more to come !
As well as dark stripes I had a lighter patch ! These pictures are after washing so no hope of them improving ! Must have been beating very unevenly.
So, all in all, I haven't made a very good job of this scarf and I think it will have to stay with me ! I am not a scarf person really but will have to wear this one !! It looks OK when in use just doesn't bear close inspection. I needn't have panicked about the iridescence because when it was off the loom it looked OK on both sides and I really am not sure if it was upside down or not !!!
Scarf number two is finished and thankfully without incident ! I was afraid to stop weaving as it seemed to leave a mark when I did even with the tension off. The selvedges stayed OK on both sides with me sitting slightly off centre. The weft on the second scarf is coral and the end result is much better.
The third scarf is at 36" and is the same colouring as the first one only with acceptable selvedges !
I think my next set of scarves might have floating selvedges and twill draft to the edges. Not sure I am good enough for plain weave edges !! I think it might have been Ok if I had been using same colour warp and weft.
These three scarves have hardly made a dent in the huge stash of Tencel I have so had better get warp winding for some more !
Until next time - happy weaving everyone and many many thanks to Barbara for that great tip !!