Elegant Handwoven Scarves –The Black and White Silk Scarf Kit

Audrey Hepburn coined the phrase “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” She was elegant with her own simple, unfussy style, and her beauty is legendary. I remembered the quote recently while thinking about Madelyn van der Hoogt’s Black and White Silk Handwoven Scarves. Because they fit the criteria of elegance, simple and unfussy with a beauty that doesn’t fade, we decided to create the Black and White Silk Scarf Kit that includes enough black and white silk to weave one deflected doubleweave scarf. The kit also includes a downloadable copy ofFavorite Projects and Lessons from Madelyn van der Hoogt and 2 downloadable WIFs.

Weaving that stands the test of time shouldn’t only be measured in terms of strength of the fabric but also the strength of the design. I imagine Audrey Hepburn would have been just as comfortable wearing one of these black and white scarves in her time as I would be wearing one today. Perhaps we can’t all be as elegant as Audrey Hepburn, but we can at least learn from her.

If you have been thinking of learning how to weave deflected doubleweave, this is a great project to start with. There is an introduction to deflected doubleweave in Favorite Projects and Lessons from Madelyn van der Hoogt plus 4 other deflected doubleweave projects that further demonstrate how the weave structure works.

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Scarf #1 with stripes Caption: Black and White Silk Scarf with stripes in the middle. Photo Credit: Joe Coca

Studying and using the WIFs may also be helpful because they show every end in the threading draft and every pick for both options of treadling the scarves. You can choose to weave a scarf that has waves and stars on the ends with stripes in the middle or waves on the ends and stars along the entire length.

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Scarf #2with stripes Caption: Black and White Silk Scarf with stars along its length. Photo Credit: Joe Coca

As with all of our kits, you get the enjoyment of weaving, you learn more about weaving (in this case, deflected doubleweave) and you end up with a beautiful project. These scarves in particular make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special in your life, a gift that is handwoven and elegant.

Weave well,

Featured Image: The elegance of Audrey Hepburn. Credit: Pixabay

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