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.

Taconic Tonic Scarf

Elisabeth Hill’s Taconic Tonic Scarf is the perfect project if you want to bliss out and weave some slow cloth. PHOTO BY CALEB YOUNG (GOOD FOLK PHOTOGRAPHY)

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.

Happy Weaving!

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)

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