//it’s alive!

it’s alive!

Collapse weave; another thing off my weavers bucket list of things to try.  As you can tell by the number of pictures I took, I was pretty excited about the results.  While most weaving transforms a bit when you finish it by washing, this actually came alive in my hands.  The first scarf that I cut off; cause I couldn’t wait to see what it would do, had a weft of Habu’s wool crepe that  shrinks about 30% once it touches water.  The warp is 8/2 tencel in a 3/1 twill that has a natural tendency to collapse.  Since the wool took away a bit of the softness of the tencel I tried a fine bamboo for the weft on the next 2 scarves. The finer the weft the more likely it will collapse.
I liked the hand of the bamboo weft scarves better, and also liked that I could see more of the scarf because they didn’t collapse nearly as much.  But  truth be told I spent about a half hour just playing with the Habu scarf; playing with the accordion pleats, sans music. Truly, we have to get our weaving excitement where we can, so I foresee more collapse weave in my future. I would love to see some shawl width fabric, with that wonderful texture.  So far I think it would be fun to use a collapse weave section in some woven wristers and even, heaven forbid,  an actual garment. I have vowed that I hate sewing but the last issue of

has a collapse weave top that has me thinking of the possibilities.  Yikes.  Unfortunately this is slow cloth at its slowest.  Weaving with 2/48 wool crepe was like weaving with fly hair but, oh so worth the results.

This is the habu weft scarf as I am washing it.
I tried ladder hemstiching on an end piece, hoping to find a way to add buttons to shorter pieces to make a cowl.
So much excietment in one project.  Here is my new handy dandy fringe twister, oh the joy!
By |2016-10-25T16:52:20+00:00October 8th, 2013|Handwoven|11 Comments


  1. Joanne October 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    This is almost too beautiful for words. I have never heard of collapse weave…just WOW!

  2. kindred threads October 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Joanne, it was certainly fun to take this off the loom. I hope you are finding time to weave soon.

  3. kreativa October 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Was für wunderbare Farben. Einfach nur schön geworden.

    What wonderful colours. Very beautiful.

    Liebe Grüße von Ate

  4. Anonymous October 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    So cool. So pretty. Awesome to get to see it on the loom. That only makes the transformation all the more amazing!

  5. carolyndawn October 20, 2013 at 7:07 am - Reply

    The result is just spectacular. I would be proud as well. Amazing!!

  6. Jo Windmill March 8, 2014 at 6:23 am - Reply

    oh my goodness, such beautiful colours! I'm so glad I found your blog.

  7. Donyale March 31, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Love love love

  8. Anonymous May 4, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Beautiful! One day after I've leaned everything else I want to learn, I will try weaving. Btw is that one of those hair braiders from the early 2000's?

  9. kindred threads May 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Such a fun weave, I just took another collapse weave off the loom. I think the fringe twister was a hair braider, rebranded. My girls won't let me near their hair with it.

  10. Judith July 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

  11. kindred threads July 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks Judith, I just took a wider version of this off the loom. We will miss you at weavers this month.

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