Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Deflected double weave

For a long time I have been fascinated by the possibility of the curved threads possible with deflected double weave.  Recently I just wanted to weave something for myself so got out every article I had been storing and started studying.  I couldn't get my head around creating my own pattern (a lot of family stuff going on at the moment to stress me) so took one from the Handwoven magazine hoping working on it would ignite the light bulb.  I changed the value of the colours from the mag and now understand how that part works and I have tasselled the ends rather than the felted circle daggy bits in the mag article.  Just love the resulting scarf and, even though its technically double weave, the New Zealand merino is so soft it'll be fun to wear next winter.



  1. Oh, lovely, Dianne! I want to feel them.

  2. This is beautiful! Do you mind telling me what yarn you used?

  3. Sorry, a bit slow at answering.
    The yarn is New Zealand merino Tex 110/2 sett at 24 epi normally. I dyed the grey's.

  4. I'm inspired by your project to have a go. I weave mainly in silk because I can't wear wool but I know someone who'd love a scarf like yours. Can you tell me which issue of Handwoven it was in? Thankyou. Maggie

  5. The recipe for my scarf appeared in Handwoven, Jan/Feb 2009 pages 44-46, Lacy fulled shawls in deflected doubleweave.
    A less complicated version is in Handwoven March/April 2009, page 64-65, felted-lace scarves.
    Another interesting article appeared in Handwoven Jan/Feb 2007 page 64-67, Sula's scarf by Stefanie Meisel.

    Fun to explore and because of the 1" spaces between colour bands its fairly quick to weave. I played around with colour, especially in the weft and ended up with two toned "stars" in a lot of places. Might be more dynamic to keep the "stars" the same colour as the warp the weft i