The Violet Flame scarf was created as a gift to a friend embarking on a particular spiritual path.
Over the course of several years I acquired several ounces of silk hankies in the orange/yellow color way. Last year I came across just the right violet silk roving to go with it.
I spun all of the silk on my Ashford Traveler (circa 1980-something). The roving spun up beautifully in a fingering weight. The hankies spun up a little lumpy bumpy as would be expected from this fiber preparation, but all in all the yarn was of a fairly similar weight to the violet yarn.
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Spinning all fiber resulted in 455 yds of the orange/yellow (29 wraps per inch) and 138 yards of the violet yarn (27 wraps per inch).
I set up the loom with a dummy warp of cotton yarn, then tied the silk yarn to it. I did not want to waste too much precious handspun. Warped half of the scarf in the orange/yellow and half in the violet, at 15 ends per inch. The scarf was woven on 4 harnesses in a reverse twill using the yellow/orange silk as the weft, trying to stay with 15 picks per inch while weaving (use a light touch with the beater).
After knotting, I washed the scarf in hot water with dish soap. Then I rinsed it in cold water with a dash of vinegar, as there was some bleeding of the color. Rinsed well in cold water then pressed on silk setting under a cloth.
I then blocked the scarf until it was dry.
For the last step, I combed and ironed the fringe so that I could trim it evenly.
To begin, I set up the loom with a dummy warp of cotton yarn, and then tied the silk yarn to it. I did not want to waste too much precious handspun. I wove the scarf on four harnesses in a reverse twill.
The finished width equaled 6 ¼ inches; finished length was 72 ½ inches.
Once off the loom, I finished the violet flame scarf by knotting the ends in several rows (using that old 60’s macramé).
Can’t wait to gift this violet flame scarf to my friend.
Guest Contributor: SpinWhiz
Spinwhiz first learned to weave in high school (a very long time ago). Since that time she has taken up a number of other fiber arts, including spinning and knitting. Her local spinning guild, the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild is a constant source of inspiration.
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