Poncho (or should I call it a Shrug?)

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When I describe my latest creation, people have a pretty good idea of what a poncho is. I, however, think it should be called a “shrug” because it is more like a shawl that gives you a hug.  It’s comfortable to wear and you can tuck your hands into the fold to keep them warm or leave them free to do things without the garment falling off.  I love to wear this when I’m travelling.  It’s great for a night out or on a cruise.  Or, how about shopping?  Remember, your hands are free to do whatever you want.  I make these in lots of different color and yarn combinations.  I always use cotton in the warp (lengthwise threads) and novelty yarns to make the subtle stripes using Fibonacci numbers. The weft (crosswise threads) vary between cotton, rayon and rayon chenille.  Check out Handweaving by Nikki on Facebook for the latest version or to learn where you can find me at a show or when my studio is open. 

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Mobius Shawl

Some refer to this as an “Infinity Circle” but it’s also called a “Mobius”. (Google that one) An old friend used to wear one of these and I always wanted to try making one. One day I discovered a mistake in a shawl that I had woven…I accidentally changed weft yarns when winding new bobbins. Two-thirds of the shawl was a slightly different color than the other third. What to do? Being one who won’t let all of that work go to waste, I put on my thinking cap and figured out how long a piece I needed to make a mobius. I cut that part off and sewed the ends together in a French seam and there it was!  The other piece is now a throw pillow on my couch.

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One Scarf, Different Looks

When I dye the yarn for silk scarves, I like to use several different colors so the scarf can be worn with different tops. Here is an example of one silk scarf with 2 different T shirts.  Double your pleasure, double your fun.  Great way to get more mileage from your wardrobe, especially when travelling. 
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Silk scarf on purple T shirt

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Scarf on orange T shirt