When to use the accent yarn in weaving
Sometimes you want to weave a project with a single yarn you thought deserved a whole garment. But then – usually half way into the piece, you get bored, bored, really bored. In either case, this is probably the perfect time for an accent yarn. Pick one that will perk up the weaving and add a touch of class or interest. It’s something that will take the piece from a regular HO HUM to a WOW individual creation. You have just left the crowd behind!! click the pictures to enlarge
Having a supply of “over the top” designer yarn skeins both sparks your creativity and allows you to purchase the special yarn for an accent when it’s much too costly for the whole piece This use eliminates the mental sticker shock debate on buying something a little extra special. Also, save the end of the skein for that little extra zing also!!
Check the examples below to see how just that little extra touch took a Ho Hum to an Oh Wow piece with just a tiny addition.
You’ll have some yarns that do the work for you and make their own patterns in the design. This yarn does a great job on its own. It almost makes a plaid all by itself.
It can be quite hard to determine how a ball is going to act with color repeats when you begin your weaving your project. But the doorway to creativity is always open. Take a deep breath – back up a few feet and look at your project. Ask yourself how can I make it sing to me – or is it perfect for being a “worker bee” garment?
When you see that absolutely to die for special ball of yarn – buy it without guilt and add it to your creativity pile for accents – don’t forget to take it out frequently and play with it to give you mind a creativity snack!
So that great ball or skein, which you suddenly discover is short on yardage and will not do a whole woven item, celebrate it as a sure fire accent for a quieter color.
If you have 2 thinner yarns, strand them together if you need a bigger accent yarn to match the size you’re using in the garment.
That is the skein you bought at a close out, discount, or you just fell in love with it but there was not enough yardage for a large project. I give them a small twist if I am combining 2 yarns to try to eliminate any possible floats that may occur when using two yarns.