Thoughts on 10.2 – Fulling Mohair Scarf

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    • #157086
      Ginette
      Keymaster

        Let us know your thoughts on 10.2 – Fulling Mohair Scarf.

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      • #157087
        Cheryl
        Participant

          Jane, and Crew, I have so enjoyed your first year of teachings for your Guild. Thanks. Our guild in Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, WA nearly cooked you a few years back during a workshop in our desert air. But the weaving interest here is still going strong. The guild has since been granted studio space. We bought a used draw loom and some of us are learning to use that. We have a healthy number of folks on portable looms and another study group for floor looms. Several folks are weaving on the large countermarche looms now. Thanks for your encouragement, in town and online.

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          • #157088
            Jane Stafford
            Participant

              Thank you CHeryl and all the kids in your neck of the woods. So happy you are all weaving 🙂

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          • #157089
            Brenda
            Participant

              Just a couple of questions:
              1. If you used mohair only for weft and another type wool for warp, would you still brush the scarf?

              2. What are your thoughts on using a wool soap such as Eucalan for fulling?

              I am loving the online guild. You provide so much useful information. I find myself watching some episodes several times over and I learn something new each time. Thanks so much Jane and team!

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              • #157090
                Ginette
                Keymaster

                  Hi Brenda,
                  You can absolutely brush a blanket with a wool warp & mohair weft. You could weave a small sample and follow the same instructions as Jane shows in the video and see how much brushing your yarns would need.
                  As for the Eucalan, you may need to contact them directly and ask if it’s possible to use it to full with. I would go with a laundry detergent.
                  Glad you’re enjoy the videos!

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              • #157091
                Judith
                Participant

                  I have two questions. I would like to try a brushed mohair scarf. The one you did had 3 colors. Purple, green and woven with black. Your PDF indicates only two skeins/ Hanks of mohair are needed for a scarf but can I assume if I want to make a 3 color scarf like you did then I will need 3 hanks? And if I do that, will I have enough of the 3rd color to weave the entire piece? Second question would be – how much do you feel black “saddens” the original colors when used as weft? I am considering a grey and purple warp. Black weft. Thank you. – Judith

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                  • #157092
                    Sandra
                    Keymaster

                      The total amount of mohair needed to weave the scarf is equivalent to two balls – if you weave the warp in one colour and the weft in another or make a one colour scarf. The outline Jane is showing on her page would work perfectly if you used one colour in your warp and another in your weft, because the Reference Guide is about how much mohair you need. The mohair in the JST Shop is 215 yards per ball. However, once you start adding colour to your scarf – you need to add colour to your plan. So – you could weave a similar scarf with three balls of yarn (three colours needed). As to whether black saddens the scarf – just imagine using black in any project you weave. The black can create more subtle colours. Hope this helps.

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                  • #157093
                    Kathleen Sobe
                    Participant

                      Not only am I learning sooooo much about weaving, but extra surprises. We’re building a new house and I really want your sink for my laundry room ;). Do you know the model number?

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                      • #157094
                        Jane
                        Keymaster

                          Sorry Kathleen, I bought it in 2004 when we built the studio…I’m not sure if Ikea even has them anymore. I am so grateful for it 🙂

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                        • #157099

                          The edges of my mohair scarf curled and matted together. I felt like I was tearing them apart. What did I do wrong?

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                      • #157095
                        bzbbell
                        Participant

                          I have just successfully finished my scarf, thanks to Jane’s most excellent advice and instruction, especially not to be fooled by the gauzy and delicate feel to the yarn but to be firm and tough with it! It sure is an unusual material to work with, and getting 6-7 ppi is a challenge. Only one question about fulling before I do it: do I need to lay the scarf flat to dry after fulling and brushing or can I hang it over a drying rack or some such? Second, assuming I manage to weave my blanket as a follow up to the scarf as planned, I have two related finishing questions: I doubt I’m going to find a top loading machine for fulling and my small front loader will not work, I don’t think. Could I full the blanket in something like a bathtub by hand? And again, do I need to dry flat or can I drape it over something? Many thanks.

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                          • #157096
                            Ginette
                            Keymaster

                              Hi bzbbell, you can hang, drape over or lay your blanket down to dry. Either way works. In the next episode, Jane talks about fulling the mohair blanklet and a front loader machine. As for fulling it in a bathtub by hand, you could ask your question in the Forum and see if anyone has done it. I haven’t tried it personally. I do have a friend that wanted to full her harrisville blankets and only had a front end loader, she came over to use my top loader, it was quick. There’s always that option, see if anyone you know has one your could use.

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                          • #157097
                            Ginny
                            Participant

                              Is the scarf dry when brushing?

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                              • #157098
                                Sandra
                                Keymaster

                                  No, it’s still wet. Jane wrapped the wet scarf in a towel to get off excess moisture and then unwrapped it at the table to brush it.

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                              • #157100
                                Karen Gerken
                                Participant

                                  Hi Jane,
                                  You mentioned fixing floats that may have occurred before fulling. Do you have any advice on the best way to fix floats, or is that covered elsewhere (and I missed it)? I look forward to your advice on this wee vexation. Thanks!

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                                  • #157101
                                    Jane
                                    Keymaster

                                      Hi Karen,
                                      I just fix floats by needle weaving a new piece of weft in the proper interlacement. I don’t think I do it in a video.
                                      Hope this helps,
                                      Jane

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                                      • #157102
                                        Karen Gerken
                                        Participant

                                          Thanks, makes sense! Much appreciate all your teaching.

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                                    • #160791
                                      lrusczek
                                      Participant

                                        I have some mohair boucle yarn. Same fiber composition, just spun as a boucle yarn. Can this be fulled and brushed the same as the mohair yarn used in your projects? Will it look the same after fulling and brushing?

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                                      • #160803
                                        lrusczek
                                        Participant

                                          Thank you! Duh! I should have done a search of the forum before I posted my question. I am currently weaving a mohair throw – my first all mohair project – using up yarn I already had on hand. The warp is all plain mohair and I started to weave with the remainder of the plain mohair as weft. But I ran out of plain mohair so am now weaving with the boucle mohair, so the weft will be plain mohair on one end, and boucle on the other – which will be an interesting comparison when I finish it. I’ll update this post with how it came out once I’ve fulled and brushed it.

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                                          • #160807
                                            Sandra
                                            Keymaster

                                              Keep us posted 😁

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                                          • #171284
                                            kemurt
                                            Participant

                                              Well, I finally took the dive and wove the 75% mohair/25% silk I bought some time ago.  I made a scarf–80 ends at 6 epi and 6 ppi and then finished according to Jane’s video.  You note that I didn’t say I dressed the loom after rewatching the video, which I wished I done!  I dressed it  back to front and made it through with the help of my husband, patiently waiting as I undid the sticky globs from the warp as they passed through the lease sticks. 🙁

                                              While I thought I might have over washed the scarf, once I started brushing, the weave opened up again.  The fringe was a twisted mess, either because I left it too long, or processed too long.  Nonetheless, I got the fringe untangled 🙂 and am amazed at how soft the scarf is after brushing.  It felt really tight after washing and I thought I was going to have a matted mess.

                                              Jane you make it look so easy!  Thanks for all the great lessons and how to’s.  You are an amazing teacher!

                                              Karen

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                                            • #175487
                                              Helen Deighan
                                              Participant

                                                I have some beautiful 2/17 Lambs wool. It does full beautifully. I have never tried brushing. Can I brush 100% wool cloth

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                                                • #175503
                                                  Sandra
                                                  Keymaster

                                                    If you have a sample of cloth woven from this wool – can you try gently brushing it to see if you like the results?  What are you thinking of for the end product?

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                                                • #175522
                                                  Helen Deighan
                                                  Participant

                                                    Thank you. I will try a sample. Not sure of the effect I want just wanted to see what would happen and wondered if you had tried something similar.
                                                    Thank you for your quick reply. I am so enjoying this course – learning so much

                                                     

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                                                    Sandra Galloway
                                                    Participant

                                                      I found out  on Scotland’s People website  that my Scottish Grandmother’s profession  (Dad’s Mum)  was as a textile finisher.  I found this out many years after training as a dyer and printer.  This episode felt like home (no pun intended)

                                                      Thank you for this course, it is absolutely exceptional.

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                                                      Rosanna Lovecchio
                                                      Participant

                                                        Just finished my mohair scarf.  So proud I need to share a photo.  I used an interesting mohair yarn that I had intended to knit a scarf with. First time dressing my loom from front to back.  You are right! Mohair is a sticky little devil but it wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. Your wonderful tips on weaving technique made this a really fast and easy one.  Thought the finishing was going to be a chore but I was surprised at how quickly and easily it fulled.  Loved doing the brushing.  The fringe was the only part that took a little time to untangle. I see a Mohair Blankie in my future.

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                                                          Sandra
                                                          Keymaster

                                                            Beautifully done, Rosanna.  Look forward to seeing your blankie when you decide to weave one!

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                                                          Danielle Perreault
                                                          Participant

                                                            I appreciate your teaching! One question: Every time I wash the mohair scarf do I have to brush it. Thank you!

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                                                            SaDonna Heathman
                                                            Participant

                                                              I believe I heard Jane say she also does this fulling and brushing technique with her Harrisville wool scarves? Is that right? This exact thing isn’t just for mohair? Thanks

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                                                              • #194263
                                                                Ginette
                                                                Keymaster

                                                                  Hi SaDonna,

                                                                  Yes you are right, Jane does this technique with the Harrisville blankets and brushes them as it give it a nice fluffly feel to them. On the JST Oline Guild PDFs page, for Season 1 PDFs, there’s one called ‘Grant’s Shetland Blankie’ with pattern & washing instructions if you’d like to download it and have a look. Harrisville Shetland makes amazing blankets!

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                                                                Rhoda Kennell
                                                                Participant

                                                                  Amazing how much you learn from these videos! I wove a mohair scarf on my rigid heddle loom since my floor loom had another project on it and I wanted to quickly weave some mohair before I forgot or chickened out.  So I did give it a go and then I washed it before I saw the video on finishing it.  I was far too gentle, so after watching this video, I went back and gave it a good fulling. I was amazed at how much it expanded.  I also gave it a good brushing and this is such a soft, soft scarf! The green yarn was just mohair, no extra binders, so it was more of an open weave than the blue, which had silk with it, but it still is SO snuggly!  I was afraid to felt it, but this video assured me that felting was a good thing for mohair! Thanks for giving me the confidence to do this!  The fringes are not the nicest because I ended up drying the scarf after the first wet finishing, so they didn’t want to brush out well after the 2nd washing. But I’m still happy with my first try with Mohair.

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                                                                  Sandra
                                                                  Keymaster

                                                                    It looks so cosy – something that is needed these days.

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                                                                  • #199085
                                                                    Johana
                                                                    Participant

                                                                      Before I started watching these lessons, I weaved plaid wool yarn from my handspun, I was fulling it in the tub, but I made a mistake because I brushed it after it dried. Does it make sense to soak and brush them again, or does it no longer make sense after drying, because it won’t change? pled 01

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