Weaving a Friendship together – Friendship Factor Scarf #1

Weaving a friendship together is the first weaving adventure that Lisa, great friend of mine, decided we wanted to start. Since we both live in different countries we could enjoy virtual time together weaving and enjoy picking out a pattern, yarn and colours. Since I live in Canada and Lisa lives in the USA it makes it difficult to get together and enjoy our making our crafts. Lisa is actually the one who inspired me to try weaving (thank you Lisa! it’s just what I needed for my next fibre adventure). I started with a Frame Loom and worked up to a Rigid Heddle Loom. I am totally hooked on weaving and dream of larger 4 or 8 shaft looms in my studio to create on. I have known Lisa for years, but we have never met. We share a love for crochet and now weaving. Our friendship has evolved along with our artistic adventures to new and exciting directions. You never know where life will take you or who you will meet along the way. Lisa and I will be making various projects together so follow along as we jump into a weaving adventure that virtually brings us together from different countries.

The first scarf is the Friendship Factor scarf. We both went through our weaving magazines and patterns and settled on this lovely one available on Handwoven Magazine’s Little Looms edition, Easy Weaving With Little Looms Summer 2020 – Long Thread Media We chose the Plumage Scarf to weave as our first Friendship Factor scarf. The photo below is from Handwoven Magazine (handwovenmagazine.com) and I hope they don’t mind that I used it as I promote this wonderful weaving pattern. If you are looking for inspiration for your weaving project Handwoven Magazine is a wonderful place to start. Beautiful photo’s and patterns as well as history of weaving, artist, yarns and more are in each volume. You can even buy it online so you can look at it on your phone and computer. I love looking through the older issues and seeing how weaving has evolved over the years. This pattern uses Brooks Bouquet as the main pattern. I really like weaving this pattern it is an interesting design yet easy to do. I previous made a different scarf with the Brooks Bouquet in gray that had a lacey effect, but with this scarf the pattern is spaced differently giving a more texturized look.

This weaving adventure with Lisa was a wonderful journey that I was able to enjoy with a great friend. We took time looking for patterns at each end and both ended up really liking this one. I love that we both used different yarns and colours to achieve the scarf we wanted. Here are our thoughts about the pattern:

Valerie: On my version I chose to make it shorter as I wanted a Fall scarf to wear when out for a walk that was smaller in size. I also wanted to try it with two different colours on the warp and love that it added a stripe effect to the design. I used a darker hand painted yarn with softer colour on the warp and a natural/ivory colour on the weft. Using the ivory/natural on the weft had a subtle effect when I washed the scarf leaving the two other colours to stand out even more. I can’t wait to enjoy wearing this one. I will always think of our great friendship and the enjoyment we had making it every time I wear it.

Lisa: For my version, I chose to use two variegated skeins like the pattern called for because I was curious to see how they would blend together. Plus, I thought it would be a fun addition to my winter wardrobe. To choose my yarn, I looked for colors that look good together and looked for a common color to unite the skeins. In this case it was a mint and a light blue that were close in value. I liked this because it was not the prominent color in either skein, it was what I call the “pop color,” or the color that stands out on a yarn skein. This scarf was a lot of fun to make because I had no idea how the colors would come together – it’s kind of that throw paint on the wall and see what happens effect. Lisa Gossman-Steeves (@lisagossmansteeves)

I really like how Lisa’s turned out with all the beautiful array of colours mingled together. It has inspired me to add this scarf to my make it again list but this time longer and perhaps a thicker yarn like the one Lisa did. Our scarves started with the same pattern yet turned out as unique designs. The Friendship Factor Scarf is an example of how two people can take the same idea and make it completely different. That’s what friendship is about. Two or more people with individualities coming together and creating amazing and unique moments, items and friendships. Try a weaving project or other craft project with your friends. See where that adventure takes you and the beautiful way it weaves your friendship together.

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Free Pattern: Coffee Time Cowl Scarf Knitting Pattern

This pattern and other FREE patterns are available on my Ravelry at: Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber

Perfect east to knit cowls to enjoy making on your “coffee break” or any moment to calm the day and relax. Includes pattern for the Accordian Cowl and the “Layered Look” Cowl. The Coffee Time Cowl Collection is inspired by taking moments in the day to create something special for yourself or someone you care about. I wanted to design an easy to knit cowl that can dress up any wardrobe. You can use a variety of yarns to achieve your own style. A nice relaxing design and pattern to knit during your coffee time or anytime you have a spare moment in the day.

Examples of the yarns you can use include Malabrigo Mecha which was used in the pictures below ( malabrigoyarn.com). On the pictures above I used SweetGeorgia Yarns (sweetgeorgiayarns.com) Chunky weight on the layered look cowl and 2 worsted weight yarns of different types together on the Accordian Cowl with the button.

Yarn:  

Chunky weight, for each scarf you  need: 1 skein approximately 115 yds or 105 m in length in gauge below.  Any chunky weight yarn can be used   I also used Sweetgeorgia Yarns Superwash Six hand painted merino wool.   Works great using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn with similar results, slightly bigger as shown in pictures on the back.  

Gauge for Chunky weight yarn: 3.5 stitches wide by 4.5 stitches tall in a 1 inch square done in stocking stitch.  

Needle Size:   Round,  I used a  6 mm or US 10,  24 inches long.  

This pattern and other FREE patterns are available on my Ravelry at: Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber

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Brooks Bouquet scarf

This lovely lace scarf was hand woven with a beautiful Brooks Bouquet lace pattern. For this one I used two different gray sock weight yarns. One had a beautiful sparkle in it that adds a subtle glitter surprise to the scarf. I enjoy weaving Brooks Bouquet and would like to weave it again soon.

Yarn used was Tough Love Sock yarn on the warp and Cash Luxe Spark on the weft both in the silver colour way. You can purchase this yarn at www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com

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SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at Valerie Baber Designs

SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber Many more designs available on my sites. Easy to crochet designs are also available.

Various crochet patterns available perfect for Christmas gifts and yourself. Cozy up a cold day crocheting a new scarf to adorn your favourite coat. My patterns are easy to follow as I use charts and pictures in most of them as well as written instructions. Various weights of yarn are used depending each design. More information is available on the links above.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at Valerie Baber Designs

SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber Many more designs available on my sites. Easy to crochet designs are also available.

Various crochet patterns available perfect for Christmas gifts and yourself. Cozy up a cold day crocheting a new scarf to adorn your favourite coat. My patterns are easy to follow as I use charts and pictures in most of them as well as written instructions. Various weights of yarn are used depending each design. The Victorian Essence Scarf, Snowfall Scarf and the Modern Essence Scarf patterns are my newest additions. More information is available on the links above.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Hand Woven Scarf with Large Subtle Stripes

Finished weaving a new scarf while taking a online weaving class from School of Sweetgeorgia http://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com This is one of the scarves I recently finished. School of Sweetgeorgia was something I had been wanting to join for a while. They have online classes on knitting, weaving, spinning, tapestry weaving and more. Tutorials, patterns, and a forum you can join to chat with others. Even though I had been weaving for about a year and mostly learning from YouTube videos I felt I needed to fine tune my skills. I learned so much from the video online classes at School of Sweetgeorgia including very important basics I was missing. Learning about all the tools and options for weaving including the type of looms was eye opening. I use a Rigid Heddle Loom by Ashford for weaving and have 2 sizes. If you are looking to improve your weaving skills or learn from scratch I highly recommend School of Sweetgeorgia.

This scarf was made various sock weight yarns on the warp in different coloured stripes and on the weft I used a Merino Silk lace yarn by Sweetgeorgia Yarns. I love the delicate feel of the fibre with the warp in a heavier weight than the weft. The colour palette underneath the weft gives a more subtle effect. Working on a sock blank scarf next in beautiful greens and blues, also from School of Sweetgeorgia. Down the road I hope to try out the Tapestry Weaving courses and the Colour Theory courses.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at:

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SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns!

SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber Many more designs available on my sites. Easy to crochet designs are also available.

Various crochet patterns available perfect for Christmas gifts and yourself. Cozy up a cold day crocheting a new scarf to adorn your favourite coat. My patterns are easy to follow as I use charts and pictures in most of them as well as written instructions. Various weights of yarn are used depending each design. More information is available on the links above.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Fiesta Lace Crochet scarf pattern

Fiesta Lace Scarf Crochet Pattern is an easy to crochet pattern. Designed with Fingerling/Sock weight yarn. You can use any sock weight yarn. Perfect for the Party of Five yarn shown here. The Fiesta Lace Scarf pattern is designed by myself, Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs and can be worn in many different styles. It’s an easy to crochet pattern. You can use most Fingerling/Sock weight yarns for this design.

Yarn used In the photo is the Party of Five mini skeins by http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com in soft merino wool mini skein set. Show in the gradient colour way of light to dark gray to black called Graphite, 3 ply sock yarn weight merino wool. Each Tough Love Sock fingering weight set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards.

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Plaid mini placemats for Christmas

Christmas time is near and I have begun weaving a series of items to decorate our home with Christmas cheer. I love this time of year when you begin decorating the house making it a nice cozy home for Christmas. You can view my first Christmas inspired weaving adventure on a previous blog post about Christmas Colours inspired mug rugs. With Christmas around the corner I have been yearning to weave with plaid. I am not sure why but they seem to belong together. While searching for a plaid pattern to use online I found this great chart that I thought would be the perfect size for a mini placemat to cozy up a hot bowl of soup.

While searching online for a how to weave plaid I came across this free plaid chart and thought it would be a great place to start. I realize it was the perfect pattern and size for a mini placemats. Since it was already charted it made it easy to make. I have been making a few new items to decorate our home and the colours I have chosen are various grays, ivory, red and green.

The yarn I used was a 4/8 cotton on the warp. On the weft I doubled up the cotton strands. My warp is single stranded and on the weft I also used 4/8 cotton that is double stranded. This is my second project with cotton yarns and I wanted to experiment with yarn a bit and see what would happen if I doubled it on the weft.

Using my Rigid Heddle Loom I warped it as shown in the chart about 60″ in length which made approximately 5 placemats. I like how it turned out with the 2 stranded yarn on the weft. It is a bit thicker and perfect for a placemat. I used a 12.5 dent reed for this placemat.

I followed the chart for warping and working the weft for the mini placemats and the sized they became perfect for a mini placemat for a hot bowl of soup or lunch plate etc.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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