This piece was one of my very early pieces – I wove it on my first loom, an 8-shaft Baby Wolf. It was my first attempt at designing my own patterns, and I’m still very proud of it. I took the “Heart Throb Scarf” pattern from Twill Thrills: The Best of Weaver’s and modified it ruthlessly until I had a pattern I liked. I cut off the top part of the heart, reflected the bottom half of the heart to produced a “slit pupil” effect, then tinkered with the pattern beneath the heart until I had a rounded cat’s eye. I then hand-dyed the silk warp in two subtly different shades of orange (to add visual interest), and the cashmere weft in solid black.
The beads are by Gayle Herring, lampworked glass.