Curves and temples…

So my second wavy shuttle project got off to a pretty good start…

A blue and white web with curves of weft on a rigid heddle loom
A short way in I was feeling good…

Then it all went to hell. Why? Because I started getting the most uncontrollable draw-in! I was losing so much width I actually contemplated trying to make a tapering scarf all the way to the other end. Sadly I was losing width too fast.

It will take a bit of playing with the ol’ wavy shuttle to figure out why it was such a problem this time. I have theories. They may be wrong.

But, in the way of most weaving disasters, this has led to an exciting opportunity! I’m going to use a temple for the first time!!

Yes, a temple. Reviled by some as a cheat and considered just sensible by others, I’m going to deploy one here to defeat the draw-in. Hopefully.

Of course, I don’t own one and will, in fact, be making one. So I’m excited about that all on its own! (I know this will shock you, dear reader of bloggy.)

The first step in saving this wavy scarf was – sob, sob, wail – to undo all but the very start of the scarf. Yes. I undid about a quarter of a project. The loom, yarn, shuttle and I all in therapy now. But it had to be done and the second version of the scarf will hopefully be much more successful!

First “wavy scarf”

As promised, I have taken some pics of the first wavy shuttle experiment scarf… You can see I haven’t pressed it – sorry for the creases – but I think you can still see most of what’s going on from a texture point of view!

A backlit photo of the web created by using a wavy shuttle in one way
Looking through the web gives you a sense of the dense patches and curves created by this way of using the wavy shuttle…

So, here I was taking the curves and slowly shifting them to the left with each pic of weft. Then when I’d moved the centre bump to the edge, I moved slowly back to the right. This created these lovely almost leaf shaped dense areas in an otherwise fairly even weave. I love this!

A section of a scarf woven with the wavy shuttle
Because of my yarn choice the colour fleck and variegation hides the waviness a bit…

Another yarn would probably have shown the waves better, but I think you can still see that its curving and zig-zagging rather than the usual regular web of plain weave.

Also, I love this yarn. Such a satisfying colour mix.

Introducing the wavy shuttle!

I don’t think I mentioned that, a little after I bought baby loom, I also bought a new ‘accessory’? No, I think it slipped my mind!

This, is a wavy shuttle. Can you see the squee (aka fun) inducing potential?three sizes of wooden stick shuttles that have wave shaped edgesNow I did pretty much instantly throw a warp on the loom and start playing! Sadly I’ve yet to photograph the result so you’ll all just have to wait for my next post. But it was a fascinating tool to use.

It can be used in a few ways and I’ve not explored them all yet, of course because I’ve been off writing, but what was interesting about my first attempt was the texture it gave the cloth. You see you get open areas and condensed areas, which leads to an interesting web!

Like I say, pics will follow. Who knows I might have even finished a second test piece by then!