Light Reflective Scarves

Now that the nights are getting longer, and the evenings are getting cooler, I find myself going back to weaving scarves again.

I was actually in Berlin, Germany for most of the month of September, and of course I couldn’t take my loom with me. About halfway through the trip, I had this idea for a scarf that I desperately wanted to make, but couldn’t do anything but plan out in my head for weeks.

Luckily, when I was able to get home, I was able to put my plan into motion. A couple of months ago I acquired some sample spools of 3M reflective strips cut very very narrow. And by narrow I mean 1/32″ wide. So basically reflective threads. 3M is the company that makes all that night-safe gear that reflects light so powerfully it seems to actually “light up” when hit with a direct beam, headlights for instance. So its used in running shoes, and jogging sport clothes, and jackets, and safety vests etc etc etc.

Since the strips I had were so thin, and actually fairly flexible and strong, I was able to weave them into cloth just like any other yarn.

This is my Starlight Scarf. During normal daylight hours, it seems a fairly normal scarf. Delicate, creamy white blending into silvery grey. The woven pattern is actually the same overshot tie-up I used in the emerald scarf, which is kind of star-like.

But once direct light hits it, especially when the ambient light gets low or even dark, the special 3M threads in the scarf light up as if they’re glowing.

Sometimes you have grand ideas of things you will create, and the reality just doesn’t quite reach your dreams. But other times, other times reality exceeds what you could have hoped for, and those are the moments that everyone remembers. Those are the moments that really feel like art.

This was one of those moments. I love this scarf, it turned out better than I could believe. And it’s success led me to continue playing with those reflective threads.

I did another color gamp (a weaving technique that pairs every color of thread in a set with every other thread.) This time though, I used every color in the Earth Guild Dragon Tales line (except black and taupe.) And in between each color in the warp, I included one of the reflective threads.

The results were just as good, if not better, than the Starlight Scarf.

 

Things Look … Different

Yes, its true, the blog has a new face! A little over a year and a half ago I migrated this blog onto my own platform. Tumblr was no longer really fitting what I wanted, and I was looking for an excuse to play with web development techniques I couldn’t look into at work.

That blog served me well, there was nothing wrong with it. But, well, if someone is determined to reinvent the wheel just to say they did it. There’s not much to do after its been done. And there are already so may good wheels out there already that require so much less maintenance. So here I am, using the biggest wheel in the garage.

And its a good wheel. I hope you guys enjoy it. Hopefully this transition leaves me more time for actually writing, sewing, weaving so you can read about it here. And I want to spend my coding time building something I haven’t found elsewhere on the internet. (hint hint, get excited, but not too fast, cause this one is going to take awhile…)

Anyways, I have moved over all the old posts that existed before. So your old favorites are still there, the photos and words still exist! Of course, sadly, I am way too lazy to figure out how to forward the custom urls, and so any links lingering around will probably break. But, to balance that, wordpress has an actual real SEARCH, so there’s that.

Linger, explore, see what you can find. Leave a comment so that I know you exist!

Another thing I’m going to experiment with is actually giving Etsy another go-around. This time with scarves and woven goods. So yes, I’ve got a bit of an Etsy Store set up, and I’ll likely be committing some of my better experiments to it. A girl can only wear so many scarves at once. And yes, there is a friends and family discount, if you want anything you see definitely let me know! 😀