I love scarves. Scarves are a great exercise in textiles, because there’s no structure and no seamstressing to them — it’s just a piece of fabric and some creative wrapping or knotting or pinning. They’re dirt simple to make from scraps, they’re typically inexpensive in thrift stores, and there’s no fussing about whether or not they fit. I love them!
As alluded to in a past post, my wardrobe is in disarray, so I’m trying to tidy it up. I rustled up about ten scarves, but I could’ve sworn I have more, and I can think of a couple I’m pretty sure I still have that are missing in action. I can’t think of where they are, though, so hopefully I’ll rediscover them in my clean-up. But in the mean time, here’s a perusal of my currently accounted for scarves. Here they all are!
They look so nice all hung up together!
A few summers ago, I sublet a room which had a wooden dowel suspended from the ceiling which was normally used as a partial room divider (the usual occupant hung curtains on it). I took over the whole room and hung my scarves from it instead, and it looked wonderful. I’ve always wanted to recreate that, but suspending things form ceilings is very ceiling dependent, and it hasn’t worked so well since then. Enter hangers on the back of my closet door!
The three square scarves.
These are my square scarves, and these I tend not to wear as much. I like to wrap things around my neck and have ends trailing, so long rectangles tend to work better for me. Both brown and white flower pattern and the red silk paisley scarves were thrifted, the blue gauze with metallic stripes was from the lovely Sarah from Spain (I think — she’s been so many places I’m not 100% sure!).
These are all long bright rectangles, and I love how bright and cheery they are. The green and white striped scarf is really long and quite wide, and I used to wear it as a head scarf for kicking around the house. I never got the knack of tying it properly, and then chopped all my hair off and it’s got nothing to grab on to anymore. The peach scarf has a neat nubby texture to it, and I have no idea where I got it. The purple and pink scarf is a belt from a dress of my mom’s from the 60′s that I found in my grandparents’ house some years ago. I wanted to keep the dress too, but they all said the dress was too short and I couldn’t have it. I protested that my mom had worn this back in the day, so it should be fine, but I’m a few inches taller than my mom, and apparently the dress was Scandalously Inappropriate. It was itchy purple wool with a sort of standup neckline and cap sleeves, and it was probably not the slightly bit comfortable to wear to do anything, but I was heartily disappointed about the whole thing. The belt was deemed okay, though.
Everyday scarves from various times.
These three scarves are the scarves I have worn (or currently wear) on a daily basis. I tend to take one scarf and wear it non-stop for a fall-winter, and these are them. The orange, blue and green square pattern is the one that started it all — it was, I think, my first scarf. I made it (ineptly) back when I started sewing, and it’s neat material but because I made it a tube, rather than finishing the edges of a rectangle, it folds in half all the time and gets irritating to wear. I haven’t worn it in ages, but I should give it a shot again, because it’s neat. The black and white scarf, shown looped over twice, is (was?) my signature scarf for years. I made it too, and through most of undergrad and my MSc I wore that scarf from about October to March. Indoor, outdoor, under various weights of coats, that scarf was always there. It was distinctive, versatile, and kept me warn in my chilly university building, and it’s my go-to scarf. The stylized sun scarf is my newest scarf, and I’ve been wearing it recently. It’s silk, versus the polyester (I think) of the black and white standby, and so does a much better job of keeping the wind off my neck. Considering that I wait for the bus in somewhat of a wind tunnel, this is important. Plus, wearing the black and white scarf all the time means I wore few other scarves, and I’m trying to branch out and use my wardrobe better.
And finally, there’s that giant purple scarf on the edge of the first picture. It’s huge and made of acrylic, so I use it when I want to wear a sundress around the house but it’s not quite warm enough:
Giving the arched eyebrow to the less than tropical temperature around here
Can’t find me under here, winter chill!