Here are the four Merlot scarves, fresh off the loom, still a bit wavy at the edges and spacey throughout, the color too light and feeble in this picture, but DONE!! Tonight they go home with me for a good rough washing to relax the yarns and allow the fibers to get all gooshy and soft. The warp (lengthwise threads) is 100% bamboo; the wefts (except for #3, reading left to right, which is pearl cotton) are tencel. Expect shimmer and luster on all of them. Here are a couple closer in, so the patterns show a bit better:
And these are #3 and #4, where the colors are remarkably inaccurate, but the patterning in #4 especially can be seen. The colors in #3 are so close together (wine warp, garnet weft) that only when the light comes from just the right angle is the pattern visible. Just the way I wanted it!
After all the washing and ironing and other detailing, I’ll take another batch of photos with my trusty little camera to show (hopefully) how they’ve changed. Then they go to Michael Stadler for the full razzle-dazzle treatment.
Tomorrow, Fiesta goes onto the small loom (aka Sally), and I start prepping a big shawl warp for a commission — more bamboo. I love bamboo!