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Clasped Weft Scarf
August 27 2016
September 13 2016
Project info
Clasped Weft Scarf
Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom
Clasped Weft (pg. 162)
17.75” x 78.5” without fringe
Neck / TorsoScarf
Tools and equipment
Beka 20-inch
2,291 yards = 11.63 skeins
Ice Yarns Etamin
7.47 skeins = 1470.9 yards (1345.0 meters), 224 grams
Ice Yarns Etamin
2.03 skeins = 400.6 yards (366.3 meters), 61 grams
Ice Yarns Etamin
2.13 skeins = 420.3 yards (384.3 meters), 64 grams

New technique for me to attempt. Clasped weft seems like it will be fun and quick. I like the modern, graph-like look of this weave.

Yarn notes:

Once again using Ice Yarns, lace-weight, Etamin, this time in colors grey, white and black.

Etamin: 100% Acrylic

The Etamin has worked well each time I’ve used it. Here’s hoping it continues with that track record.

Planning notes:

Clasped weft seems to be a technique that looks best when it’s kept simple, so that’s what I plan to do. I’ll warp with the grey double stranded, and use the white and black for the weft. Since the weft in the clasped weft technique is basically double stranded, warping with two strands of the grey will hopefully create a balanced weave.

I’ll use a 10 dent heddle and will warp the full width of the loom. Since the warp and weft are going to be double stranded, this scarf should turn out a bit wider than my first scarf.

Progress notes:

Aug. 27, 2016: Started direct warping this afternoon. Double stranding the grey Etamin used 224g (almost 8 skeins).

I’m getting a little better with my direct warping skills. It took 1 hour 45 minutes to direct warp the full width of the loom, and 30 minutes to wind the warp onto the back beam. The warp ends are around 110 inches long, and I’m hoping for the finished scarf to be around 80-85 inches in length. I’ll finish threading the eyes, tying on and spreading the header tomorrow.

Aug. 28, 2016: Finished setting up the warp this morning. It took 35 minutes to thread the eyes and about 30 minutes to tie on and spread the header. So a total of 3 hours and 20 minutes to warp the full width of the loom. I’m improving!

I did use one strand of grey Etamin as my first weft pick so that I can use it to hemstitch. I’ll load the shuttle with the black Etamin soon and I should be able to start weaving later this week.

Aug. 30, 2016: Started weaving this evening. Clasped weft technique is fun! The neatness of my selvedges have regressed a bit, but not too badly. I haven’t been able to see how the black, white and grey colors are blending in natural light yet, but so far, so good.

Sep. 7, 2016: Finished weaving last night. Hemstitch has been done, the ball join ends have been woven in and the scarf has been cut off the loom. I’ll let it rest for a few days and then wet finish it. The scarf measures 18.5” x 80.25” just of the loom. Waste was 15” in the front and 8.25” on the back.

For the fringe I plan to do the same thing I did with my first, striped scarf: simple knotted bundles and then knots at the ends of the individual strands to prevent unraveling.

Sep. 12, 2016: Scarf has been through the washer and dryer, and the fringe knotted and then cut to ~7.25” long (rotary cutters are awesome!). I had said I was going to knot the ends of each strand of fringe, but I decided to ply in bunches of eight strands instead. The plying shortens the fringe to around 6” - just about perfect!

Measurements (w/o fringe):
Straight off the loom: 18.5” x 80.25”
Pre-wash/off loom for a few days: 18.5” x 79”
Post-wash: 17.75” x 78.5”

I’ll keep plying the fringe and I should be finished with the scarf by the end of this week.

Sep. 13, 2016: Finished! Plying the fringe went quickly since the bunches had 4 ends/8 strands in them. Will do project post-mortem this weekend.

Project post-mortem:

Clasped weft is a fun technique, but not quite as fast as I thought it would be. Consciously trying to be random seems like an oxymoron, but actively trying to make sure the stripes didn’t line up and trying to not have large areas of white of black took time. However, allowing myself to be deliberate and slowing things down did help me feel mellow while I wove.

I had thought that double stranding the warp and the doubling-by-default of the clasped weft technique would have helped make the finished object a little wider, but that wasn’t the case. This scarf is the same width as my first warp striped scarf, which used single strands of the same yarn. I guess this is me learning that the number of dents determines the size of the fabric when using yarn that is within the recommended size for the heddle.

Just off the loom the fabric felt a little stiffer than I had anticipated. I thought it would be thicker, with less drape than the single stranded scarf I had done, but once the scarf had been machine washed and dried, it gained the softness and drape that I’m used to when working with Etamin. While my first striped scarf is fine as an accessory for warm weather, this scarf will be good for cooler days.

The original plan was to leave the fringe loose, but after looking at it, there were too many strands and it looked untidy. I like how it looks with the plied fringe better. Also, my rotary cutter, fitted with a new blade, is amazing when trimming the fringe to even lengths before plying.

Quite happy with how this scarf turned out. I learned a new technique, as well as learning more about dents, heddles, and weaving in general.

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August 27 2016
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by Ice Yarns
100% Acrylic
197 yards / 30 grams

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  • Project created: August 27, 2016
  • Updated: September 17, 2016
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