Birthday Gift Ascot

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This is my second weaving project and I'm pleased to see the edges are becoming straighter. Not to say, they're straight ... yet! ... but I'm working on it. I think the ascot came out well enough to send to an old high school pal who lives in the New Mexico mountains for his birthday. It should keep his neck warm next winter! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I did the "strength" test Angela taught us to determine if a yarn is good for use as a warp. I tugged and tugged and pulled and pulled ... and the yarn didn't break. So I used it in the warp as well as the woof. I learned that a loose weave like this may pass the initial strength test, but after it goes through the stress of actually acting as the warp, it may not hold up. I ended up with two broken warp threads towards the end of the project. Luckily, I purchased the recommended book by Betty Linn Davenport, "Rigid Heddle Weaving," and she explains in the Troubleshooting section how to repair a broken warp. So:my advice to you is to be very sure that you have a nice, strong yarn for your warp before committing to a project. I would have been OK using this yarn for the woof, but I made a mistake using it for the warp.

What you will need

  • 2 balls Lion Brand "Amazing" worsted weight yarn (53% wool
  • 47% acrylic)
  • my new Schacht 15-inch Rigid Heddle Loom and accessories
  • tapestry needle

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