Rigid Heddle Brooks Bouquet

I know, I know. I’ve been away from the computer FOREVER. I’ve got all sorts of good reasons excuses. The grass needs regular mowing; I had a dump truck full of mulch delivered that has to be moved & spread, after the garden’s been weeded, of course; I did the 100 American Craftsmen show at the Kenan Center; and it’s the busiest time of the year at my paycheck job at Pfeiffer Nature Center.

Anyway, I’m committed to catching you up, a post a day, or at least every other day, on my weaving. I’m going to do it in chronological order.

I really like to demonstrate weaving at shows whenever possible, using my little Leclerc rigid heddle loom. This becomes a bit tricky for me, since I use mostly fine threads that need to be sett closer than 12 ends per inch, my finest heddle.

So for the Kenan show I chose to warp the loom with a nice variegated cotton & linen blend yarn. For the weft I used an undyed Egyptian cotton, woven in a Brooks Bouquet pattern.
handwoven cotton & linen scarf

Once again, live and learn. I’ve done Brooks bouquet before, but always with the same weft as warp. With a different weft, the overall pattern gets very boxy looking – not my favorite visual. On the plus side, for a medium gauge cotton scarf, this one is very soft and drapes well. So I’m sure someone will like it.

I’ve got another show coming up next weekend. I’ve been debating about what I’ll warp the loom with, but haven’t made a firm decision yet. I’ll keep you posted.

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