This piano topper has a couple of weft floats visible. See that gray one below? I had to hand-feed the gray yarn because I only have two shuttles. That's why I made mistakes on the gray weft.
When weaving, if you make a mistake with your weft threads, you can't always see it on the top of the weaving, and you have to lift up your loom and peer under to see the bottom of the weaving. Who does that? The "top" of this weaving (where you work) has many little thread ends showing. Usually I would wash the piece and snip those ends flush to the fabric so they wouldn't show. (There were so many this time because I had to change colors so often for the plaid.) Instead of washing and snipping, I simply turned the fabric upside down, so the ends are underneath. But ... that means that the weft float errors are showing. I set my metronome or piano light on top of them and went my merry way :)
|I'm more of a gray/black/melancholy-colors kinda gal, so this bold attempt at|
red/white checkered in my home is a challenge to the inner woman.
Here are the yarns I chose from my varied stash for that warp:
|A blue theme with lots of texture and shine variation.|
|This one has sequins and silver.|
|A simple, silky baby blue|
|A thicker (but not bulky) variegated yarn with silver and a good bit of bounce in it.|
|Ribbon yarn I bought at a temptingly dangerous yarn store in New Bern.|
One more: The darkest yarn I chose was just a wad of thrift store yarn, two strands together with lots of blingy interest. When I warped only two slots of this yarn ... this is all I had left.
|Ignore the beige yarn and the early thicker blues.|
You use a "pick-up stick" to do floats like this. I'm using an old plastic ruler as my pick-up stick. I insert it behind the heddle, lifting up the yarn strands I want to stand out and sliding the pick-up stick right behind the heddle. See?
Here's the look it's giving to the scarf. If you search you can find lots of patterned floats in there. On the reverse side of the fabric, the floats go the other way -- they are weft floats.