I've been weaving for about a year now. Since I am mostly self-taught, each warp is an experiment where I ask myself...'I wonder what would happen if...'
On this one, I decided to try changing the weft color frequently and see how the colors could be combined to make patterns and textures.
I started with a narrow warp - about 12" wide - which was a good width for hand weaving with the bobbins. I wove about 7 yards and liked the effect. However, after washing and drying I found that I did not have enough fabric to make what I had in mind.
So I set up the loom again in the same way and wove another 7 yards but made it wider so after washing it was 11" wide. So now I had 14 yards of fairly narrow cloth. I was talking to my friend Johnnie about this fabric. I said I was thinking of making a jacket to go over my other tops that I have woven.
She showed me her wool ruana from Ecuador that had a nice drape and was easy to put on and take off. So after much scribbling and figuring on paper, I cut the two lengths of fabric and sewed them together into a big rectangle with a curved neck opening just like her ruana.
Then I had just the right amount of fabric left to make a scarf which i attached to the back and side of the neck opening, leaving most of the scarf free to tie together or flip over the shoulder. I am delighted with the result!