Homage to Africa Scarf

Anita Osterhaug is taken by West African textiles and shows her appreciation in her Homage to Africa Scarf. Anita used traditional colors and a 4-shaft twill to honor African kilims and then applied a simple block-print design inspired by bogolonfini prints. —Susan

West Africa scarf

Structure: Twill.

Equipment: 4-shaft loom, 13″ weaving width; 10- dent reed; 1 or more shuttles; 4 bobbins.

Yarns: 8/2 unmercerized cotton (3,360 yd/lb; Lunatic Fringe Yarns).

Other supplies: 88 barrel beads of your choice with large enough holes to string on the fringe; fine crochet hook to string the beads; black textile paint (Anita used Marabu Textil Plus from Dharma Trading Company); stencil paper, stamp, or a potato for printing.

Sett: 20 epi

Woven length (measured under tension on the loom): 69″.

Finished size after washing: one scarf 9¾” x 60″ plus 5½” twisted fringe.

ANITA OSTERHAUG is an editor emerita of Handwoven and loves having time to weave all the “what if” projects she’s been dreaming about for years!

Featured Image: You won’t need to learn how to dye your cloth with mud to create mudcloth-inspired fabric such as this beautiful West African-inspired scarf.

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