What makes a weft right for the project? I think it should have several characteristics: good colour, good size and foremost it should enhance the weave structure. This is my new weft and it does all of the above!
As you no doubt noticed the variegated turquoise Tencel really hid my weave structure and it took 48 picks to make 5/8", so off it came!
The Tencel warp threads and silk selvedges are fragile and can’t take a lot of unweaving so cutting out was my only option.
Choosing a spot about ¼” in from the selvedge I hook out a few weft threads and cut. I repeat this on both sides. Using my fingers I pull away the warp threads from the selvedge, one at a time. That just leaves a fringe of selvedges threads that basically fall into your hands.
Now I use a blunt needle and hook out several weft picks from the still woven center.
Using my fingers I pull them out. The hard part is tossing these wee bits of yarn away, especially if they are expensive!
I’ve changed the weft to 2/8 bamboo in a lovely blue, so now the pattern shows nicely and I'm much happier about finishing the scarf. You can see the circles beginning to develop in the scarf, finally!
Now for something fun; I bought a Lucet when I was at ANWG and have made my maiden braid. It will be great for handmade frogs or Chinese Knot buttons! Have any of you tried one yet?The Lucet is a tool from medieval times and it was used to make a square braid that is essentially knitted. This tool gives you a nice tight braid that was used for lacing corsets because a square braid didn’t slip undone as easily as a round braid, and we all know how important that is! It is just like spool knitting or finger weaving, fast and fun - great for kids!
The Lucet came with this neat yarn spool that reminds me of a suction cup, you open it up to wind on your yarn then fold it in on itself to hold it in place. I bought 16 more to use with my Kumihimo Plates, so now I can't use tangled yarns as an excuse not to Kumihimo!
The English surname Walker actually means felter because the verb walk is derived from waulk the act of compressing wool into felt.