Way back in May, I showed you a progress photo of a wrap that I was weaving. I finally got the finished project shots back from my photographer, so now I can give you the whole story.
When I was a beginning weaver, I did a lot of websurfing to look at weaving projects. Somewhere along the way, I ran across Bonnie Tarses' website, and found inspiration in her work. She was creating these pieces based on horoscopes - she would make a sort of map of the sky in the moment a person was born, and use colour and texture to indicate the position of the astrological houses and planets in that moment. I was entranced by their beauty, and although I thought it was well beyond my skill level at that point, I ordered myself a kit to make one.
Having made a lot of other things in the meantime, the horoscope shawl was always in the back of my mind, and this year when my birthday rolled around, I thought it would be a perfect time to bring this project to the head of my weaving queue.
Winding the warp was the intimidating part - it involved 12 different colours of Bambu 7, being wound in a very specific order, often with two (or three or four) alternating. It was a challenge to get it right, while keeping the cross intact and not ending up with a tangled mess of spools on the floor.
After the warp was wound, it was a relatively easy process to dress the loom (thanks to a couple of really helpful tips from Bonnie) and then the weaving itself was simple and meditative, being just a basic plain weave in one colour of Bambu 12. Throughout the weaving process, I spent a lot of time just admiring the colours, stroking it and feeling the texture of the "planets" nestled in the smooth fabric.
The finished product is a soft and colourful wrap - bamboo yarn has a great hand and drapes like a dream. As you can see, I added a band of blue to either side of the horoscope, to widen the wrap a bit, and make it a more appropriate size for me. I think it ended up just about perfect, and look forward to using it to brighten up some outfits, on dressy occasions.
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