Handwoven Bamboo Scarves

handwoven bamboo scarves
This is another set of three bamboo scarves I’ve recently woven. I just love working with Bambu 7 – it’s so smooth and silky, so easy to wind on the back beam, and finishes so nicely.

On the downside, the 100% bamboo yarn does split easily, so I have to pay attention when I’m threading the heddles and reed to make sure my hook doesn’t split it. Also, I have to finish it with a double twisted fringe or the yarn poufs out into a bamboo afro that doesn’t please me. But I like its look so much that these are minor issues.

These three scarves all have a solid ecru warp, and all share the same threading sequence.  I wove the scarf on the right with a solid navy weft, which is what I threaded for, to get that interesting overlapped twill design.  I like it okay, but it’s not my favorite handwoven scarf, and I don’t know that I’ll do it again.

The other two are much classier, at least to my eye.  Both have the same solid ecru weft, and as I mentioned the same threading at the navy one. I experimented with a variety of treadling patterns using my PCX computer program, and came up with these two, both of which please me.

The scarf on the top is my favorite, with a somewhat complex twill design. The complexity of the twill not only adds visual interest, it makes this handwoven scarf AMAZINGLY soft and flexible.

On the left is a beautiful scarf as well, with a weaving pattern that ended up producing a very classic look, particularly in this solid ecru color. This one happens to be Margaret’s favorite of the batch. It really is lovely; I just prefer the one that drapes a bit better.

I’ve gotta get back to the loom now, but tell me, which one do you prefer?

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