Handwoven scarves – log cabin

I had 2 days to get a warp measured, beamed, threaded, and woven, cut off the loom, fringed, wet finished, pressed, & tagged if I was to meet my self-imposed deadline. Could I do it?

It was easy enough to measure out a warp for log cabin, holding one black thread & one white thread together to cut the amount of time in half. After I had my 8.5 yards of 160 threads measured out, I put on the choke ties & chained them, as always. (Not a weaver and unfamiliar with the jargon? Stick with me — there’s not much more.)

When I took it off the warping board I really liked the way it looked, so I laid it on the floor and took a photo. Somehow in the picture the colors show up as more distinctly black & white – to my eye they were a lovely silvery gray.
black & white chain

Log cabin isn’t a speedy weave since it requires two shuttles, so I wove and wove and wove. In the afternoon the sun was coming in the window and hitting the loom and I really liked the way it looked. Everything was very angular. And like an old black & white movie.
sun on warp 1

My string heddles blended into the white rayon of the warp threads. The play of sun and thread made the weaving all the more enjoyable.
sun on warp 2

Fighting fatigue and aching hands I finished the fringe and wet finished. I don’t know why I was tired or why my hands hurt, but I took some aspirin & echinacea and a nap to counteract it all. I felt much better when I woke up & trimmed the fringe on the 2 shawls and 6 scarves I’ve woven in the last 11 days. I think I’ll even have time to wash the dishes, vacuum & mop before I leave for the show.

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