My dyeing frenzy died down and I put all of the yarns away for an inspiration. Over the years, I've used some of them, but I had dyed quite a bit of yarn. Then, earlier this year our weaving group, the Not 2 Square weavers, decided to sponsor a textile challenge at the local fair. The theme would be Nevada County inspired. Most people decided to use a photo of something local for their inspiration, but I had the hot idea of pulling out all these tencel skeins dyed from plants grown in Nevada County. Since I had so many colors and I wanted to include as many as possible, I opted for a plaid woven with five thread satin structures.
This is just a portion of the threading and liftplan I used. I kept the Rabbit Brush usage to small stripes because it was rather overwhelming next to the more subtle golds and browns. I had one skein of cream color from some mushroom or other which acted very strangely when I used the fly shuttle. It seemed like it was sticky and pulled in at the selvedges. I wanted to use it, so I kept tugging the selvedge back into shape after the shuttle was thrown. I could see or feel no difference in the thread, but the dye process must have changed the texture of the yarn in some way.
The fair judging is over now and I have no idea how I did with my shawl. It really doesn't matter all that much, because it was such a pleasurable journey in the dyeing and weaving. It was really just for me that I wove it.
Now available for sale at Sierra Shawls.