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04 Jul '17

HOW WE MADE OUR SCARVES

Posted by SELFI


Our scarves are made from a variation of 100% wool yarns by Cape Town based weaver Sibabalwe Ndlwana of Ingyeyo. The loom used to weave on is a Harris 8 shaft handloom. The mix consists of Waverley wool, fine wool and Merino wool spun by hand, all in their natural yarn colour. The handspun merino yarn runs along the width (also known as the weft) of the scarves. The waverely and fine wool yarn runs along the length (known as the warp) of the scarves. One scarf at 1.5m takes 2-3 days to complete (weave and finish) and embroider

PRE WARP WASH FOR WOOL

It is helpful for a better weaving with wool in particular, to wash the excess oil in the wool after warping before winding onto loom, as this assists in softening wool and preventing from a lot of ‘’stickiness’’ while weaving

PREPARATION AND CALCULATION OF WOVEN ARTICLE

The calculation of a woven article takes considerable planning before actual weaving begins. You have to consider the length of article to be woven, fringes or hem, shrinkage etc. Many preparatory steps are necessary beginning with preparation of the warp

  1. Preparing the warp
  2. Calculating the number of threads needed
  3. Calculating the length of threads
  4. Calculating the meterage of material needed
  5. Attaching warp guide tape
  6. Winding a warp
  7. Tying the crossing threads
  8. Chaining the warp
  9. Transferring the lease sticks
  10. Beaming the warp
  11. Threading and sleying
  12. The tie up
  13. Testing the wind up
  14. Filing the shuttle
  15. Fringing 
  16. Weaving 
  17. Finishing

FACE

Embroidery yarn is black pure wool crepe yarn. Each face profile takes 1.5 hours to hand embroider. We looked to creating a hand stitching feel that would reflect the hand drawn quality.