01 January 2010

Inlay weaving

I wove my latest scarf to participate to a competition of the Etsy Italia Team... The theme was "White and red", and I decided to weave a white scarf with a red heart inlaid in it.
Inlay is a technique that requires the use of an additional weft to weave the pattern (in this case a heart).
I started by fixing  a drawing of a heart outline to the warp with some pins... The sheet was fixed only at the base and remained "floating" as the reed had to be free to beat the weft.

On each row, I first passed the red yarn  in the part delimited by the outline, then the shuttle with the white yarn and then beat both yarns with the reed as usual....
I went on and the pattern slowly took shape...


At some point, the top of the heart divides in two shapes, so I had to use an additional bobbin (I took one of my tapestry bobbins for this) to go on...



ANd I went on with the two independent bobbins and the shuttle...
 

...Until the shape was complete!



The rest of the scarf was all white. When it was finished, I embroidered the outline of  the heart, so that it would be neater...
Here is the scarf, finished just in time for the challenge!

2 comments:

ClaudiaJane said...

It would be so nice to see this posted on Weavolution! There are so many groups, including a weave-along group where other weavers would love to see your technique and enjoy giving it a try.

Kosmika said...

Your work is simply beautiful, thanks for the pics :)