A Scarf for a Man from Three Centuries

Allen Walck loves his job at a historical museum but sometimes feels torn between life in the nineteenth century and life in the twenty-first century. For A Scarf for a Man from Three Centuries, Allen picked an old weave structure (4-shaft bumberet) and then wove a scarf using yarn he dyed with traditional techniques and modern commercially dyed yarn. —Susan

This project is a great choice for a first project in wool: the yarn is reasonably priced, and the dye comes from the supermarket and is simple to use.


Structure: Bumberet.

Equipment: 4-shaft loom, 9″ weaving width; 12-dent reed; 1 shuttle with bobbin.

Yarns: Bare Wool of the Andes (worsted-weight wool; 220 yd/100 g, 997 yd/lb; Knit Picks); Wool of the Andes (worsted-weight wool; 110 yd/50 g, 997 yd/lb; Knit Picks).

Other supplies: Stainless steel or enameled pot and other equipment for dyeing; Synthrapol (optional).

Sett: 12 epi

Woven length (measured under tension on the loom): 72″.

Finished size after washing: one scarf 7¼” x 62″ with 4″ fringe.

Featured Image: Allen Walck’s project combines weaving techniques from the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries to create a bumberet scarf that playfully spans between the two.

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