Rayon Chenille Scarves and Shawls

Although I haven’t been blogging, I have been weaving. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been up to.

First I used another of Tammy’s hand painted yarns, this time in a colorway she calls Grape Ape.

handwoven rayon chenille scarves, Grape Ape

The scarf on the left has the same hand painted weft, in the middle is a solid pink weft, and on the right is a purple passion weft. Guess which one I like best? (Hint, I like saturated colors.)

Then I really wanted to try some more clasped weft. I picked some blue and some green rayon chenille, warped the loom, and went to town. It didn’t take long to realize that I’d chosen colors that are too similar to have the kind of drama I was looking for. Can you even see it?
handwoven scarves, blue & green clasped weft

I often like subtlety, but here? Too subtle. My work doesn’t show unless you really look.

So I did one with a solid blue weft and one with solid green.
handwoven rayon chenille scarves, blue & green

I think the difference between the colors of weft are much easier to see here. So now that you know what you’re looking for, can you see the difference when the three are next to each other?

3 handwoven rayon chenille scarves in blue & green

Still pretty darn subtle – not worth the extra time & energy. Better luck next time on that.

So I went back to something I know looks great, something I know my customers love – rainbow shawls. I haven’t had any all year, so figured it was time.

handwoven shawls, rayon chenille rainbows

It takes about forever to measure and beam the warp, but once it’s on the loom the weaving goes relatively quickly.

I’m feeling pretty good about my fall shows. A few more things on the loom – or almost – and I’ll be as ready as I can be.

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