Taconic Tonic Scarf
Elisabeth Hill is a master of deflected doubleweave. I’ve seen her create truly astounding cloth on 4- and 8-shaft looms (as well as 12- and 16-shaft looms . . . ), so it came as only somewhat of a surprise when she asked whether she could weave a scarf using deflected doubleweave on a rigid-heddle loom. I and anyone else would have been skeptical, but I trusted that Elisabeth could do it—and do it well. Using 2 pick-up sticks and plenty of patience, Elisabeth wove her truly spectacular Taconic Tonic Scarf for Handwoven Loom Theory: Rigid-Heddle Scarf Collection, and now you can, too! Here’s what Elisabeth had to say about her design.
Designer Elisabeth Hill’s Statement
This spring, I took a small detour that put me on the Taconic State Parkway, a small highway that runs parallel to the New York State Thruway up to Albany. This highway is beautiful in all seasons, but my early-evening drive in May made me recognize the rewards of taking “the slower route.” This project is a tonic for the rush of modern life because it is the slower route. Take the Taconic Tonic—you will be rewarded.
Project at a Glance
PROJECT TYPE: Rigid-heddle.
STRUCTURE: Deflected doubleweave using pick-up.
EQUIPMENT: Rigid-heddle loom, 12″ weaving width; 12-dent heddle; 3 shuttles; 2 pick-up sticks.
YARNS: Taconic (70% merino wool/30% cashmere; 1,143 yd/lb, 125 yd/1¾ oz; Valley Yarns; WEBS.
FINISHED SIZE (after washing): 8″ x 72″ with 4″ fringe.
Featured Image: Lisa Hill’s Taconic Tonic Scarf. PHOTO BY CALEB YOUNG (GOOD FOLK PHOTOGRAPHY)