At Woolfest this year, I bought a pre-wound warp from the Saori Shed – mostly purple cotton with a bit of texture and sparkle. I’ve been winding my own warps since I used up the pre-wound warp that came with my loom and I enjoy the process and the choices; but this was a bit different and a special treat.
In these scarves I was playing with cramming and spacing the warp and its effect on the patterns – twill on the left, plain weave on the right.
Both the scarf patterns were woven on the same threading, but I didn’t think there was enough warp left for a third and in any case I wanted to try some Saori play with pattern. Two weavers who use pattern in ways I find very inspiring are Susan Johnson of Avalanche Looms and Judy of Fibres of Being. I particularly like Judy’s Saori-style interpretations of the rosepath pattern. So I’ve rethreaded the heddles and have been trying rosepath in various yarns. It’s exciting to see all those wonderful little dots appearing as if by magic… Are they not-quite-diamonds or almost-circles? I’m not sure but I love them.