"No Pockets? No Problem!"
March 17th to June 14th

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This year's ANWG conference put out a challenge to make something with pockets, so often lacking in women's clothing. I decided to see if I could create pockets in a scarf using double weave.

I wound a colourful warp using 2/8 Orlec from my stash.

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Here's what the threading plan looks like for my 16 shaft loom.

Weaving will create a tube, with the top layer on the odd shafts, and the bottom layer on the even ones.

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The plan was to weave with slots alternating in the sides of the tube so that parts could be turned inside out. Before starting I made a fabric "muslin" to see if it would work!

The inspiration for my idea was some slotted scarves submitted last year by Alice van Duijnen to the on-line double weave study group that I take part in.

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A week later the warp was on the loom, threaded and sleyed ready for weaving. At 24 ends per inch for each layer it was very dense in the reed. There is enough warp for two scarves - just in case the first idea doesn't work!

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Weaving underway. It looks the same top and bottom because its a tube! The structure is a twill which shows mostly warp on one side and mostly weft on the other. This side is warp faced. The inside of the tube is weft faced, which will show when turned the other side out. The weft is a pale turquoise.

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The first scarf was finished just as the warp reached the back of the loom.

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Scarf #2 has a darker weft - a green about the same intensity as the turquoise.

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The first was cut off the loom before weaving started on the second, so fringe twisting proceeded at the same time. By using ends from both top and bottom layers in the same fringe the tube was closed, forming the pockets.

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By the time weaving was finished on the second scarf there were some ends that needed extra weight added at the back!

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No room to advance any further!

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But there was all of five inches left in front of the heddles!

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The second scarf was hemmed instead of having fringes. You can slide your hand into the "pocket" formed at the bottom by the tube exchanging which side is out.

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The blue scarf is longer and its pockets are deeper.

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After much flipping of coins I decided to enter the green scarf in the exhibits at the ANWG conference in Prince George.

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And I was rewarded with the prize for woven accessories, sponsored by the Vancouver Weavers' and Spinners' Guild!

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