Arianna writes, "I wanted to make something that really plays up howbeautiful Duet is, and the technique "halvdräll" is perfect: you get large swaths of surface and texture but the floats are tiny and secure. The slight variegated color of the yarn gives these towels extra spark.
I just love this simplified overshot technique and have used it in quite a few patterns. It offers endless experimentation and the effect you can achieve simply by changing colors is exciting. Make one warp in neutral colors and mix it up with your weft colors for each towel. Perfect for holiday gift giving! The name of these towels (Blodstensvägen) has a connection to a dear family member who has both turned 30 and moved into a great new apartment this year, which should be celebrated with handwovens. "Blodsten" is the Swedish word for hematite."
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Designed by Arianna Funk for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.
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Arianna Funk graduated from Friends of Handicraft School in Stockholm in 2017, became a card-carrying journeyman weaver the same year and was awarded the ‘large medal of honor’ for her journeyman work. She is a founding member of Studio Supersju, a group of forward-thinking weavers. In addition to running Weave of the Month Club, she is a teacher and advisor for students in the foundation year at Friends of Handicraft, writes drafts for Väv Magasinet and Svensk Hemslöjd, and her woven art and craft is sold at Fiberspace Gallery and Gustavsbergs Gallery, among other places.