Sharon’s use of multiple gauges of knitting yarn is considered highly innovative to some weavers and heresy to the legacy of weaving according to others. But whatever the opinion, the use of knitting yarn makes for a very soft and comfortable, yet dimensional fabric. When Sharon first started working with knitting yarn and ribbon in this manner, she discovered that each type of fiber has its own elasticity which has the potential for an uneven fabric when they are woven together. To end up with a smooth fabric with consistent tension, she accommodates for each type of fiber.
Ribbon, cotton and silk have little elasticity while wool has quite a bit. In fact, ribbon is already woven in to its own fabric so it’s in a class all by itself. The strongest fibers are typically used as warp threads because they are the foundation of the weaving. The weft or woof threads can be any type of fiber from tightly spun nylon to art yarn with big tufts of roving popping out randomly across the piece.
In this scarf, Sharon creates a log cabin weave which shows one predominant color on the front side and another on the back side. Log Cabin is considered a Color and Weave pattern. The Log Cabin is achieved by alternating two colors of warp thread (light/dark/light/dark) and alternating two widths in the weft yarn (thick/thin/thick/thin). For the thick yarn, Sharon likes to use ribbon and will use a fiber as fine as sewing thread for the thinner yarn. This combination is one of Sharon’s signature styles, having two scarves in one depending on which side shows more when it’s worn.