Wrap it up! They’ll love it! Team Colors Weave-along Ends Today!
To be honest, as I write this, I’m still weaving my scarf. I brought my loom to work and weave a little each day, mostly in the afternoons when I’m not feeling that lively and need some downtime to process my day. That said, I fully intend to finish it by the end of the Team Colors weave-along. I’m just past halfway, and, like a horse going back to the barn, I find that the second half of any project goes faster than the first half. In the first half, I get into a rhythm that carries over into the second.
I hope you enjoyed planning and weaving your own Team Colors Scarf. I found the pattern a perfect match for the yarn and the sett, which always makes for a more enjoyable weaving experience. It’s always difficult to beat harder or lighter than you are comfortable with—and to remember to do that for 80”. In my last post, I talked about the many ways to finish the fringe on your scarf, but beyond that, there are still a couple of things to do before you wash and dry your scarf.
- Make sure all of your ends are secured within the weaving. Leave them to clip after washing, but clip any long ones that might cause problems in the wash water.
- Look for skips, and if you find any, repair them. Here the steps I follow:
- Mark the skip with a straight pin. If you don’t, you may lose it when you clip it. (Ask me how I know that!)
- Clip the skip. This can be warp-wise or weft-wise—your choice.
- Needleweave with a tapestry needle in the same color yarn covering the skip and following the weaving pattern. The new yarn should extend 1” past the skip on both sides.
- Untwist the ends of the yarn you added, and stagger where you end the strands so that they disappear in your scarf. You can also untwist the original yarn in your scarf on either side of the skip spot and clip those strands before needleweaving them back in for a more invisible repair.
- Leave the strand ends for clipping after washing.
Washing Your Team Colors Weave-along Scarf
Don’t be afraid to wash your scarf, but proceed with caution when you do. Here is how Elisabeth Hill, who designed the scarves, approached wet-finishing the Team Colors Scarves:
The rule of thumb that I sometimes wish I had tattooed on my forearm is to start gently. You can always get more aggressive, use hotter water, and agitate more vigorously later, but you really can’t go backward if you start hard. With the Team Colors Scarves, even though Jagger Spun Moussam Falls is a superwash wool (which means you can put it in the washing machine and dryer—amazing!), I began by handwashing in warm water with mild shampoo (no sulfates/silicon/parabens, etc.), rinsing, rolling in a towel, and hanging to dry (use wool wash if you have it). They looked pretty good, but I thought both could benefit from a little more vigor, so I put the Jagger Spun Moussam Falls scarves in the washing machine on gentle and in the dryer for 10 minutes. I handwashed the Halcyon Yarn Victorian 2-ply scarves more vigorously, spun them in the washing machine, and put them in the dryer for 10 minutes. Both plumped up nicely, and I was happy with the results.
So, with finishing, as with everything in weaving, the answer is “It depends.” But the good news is that it depends on you—your choices, your preferences, your decisions, and your creativity. After all, isn’t that why we are handweavers? If we didn’t want to put a little of ourselves into the things we make, then we’d just go out and buy a scarf.
Once you have wet-finished your scarf, you are ready to clip ends and trim any uneven fringe. A rotary cutter (affiliated link) and board work well for trimming untwisted fringe, while sharp sewing scissors work well for everything else.
That’s a Wrap!
Wrap it up with a big bow! You are ready to start your next project. And someone—it could even be you—is going to be happy with their beautiful Team Colors Scarf. Thanks for being part of the weave-along!
Featured Image: Yay Team Colors Scarves! Photo by George Boe