A special winter blanket off the loom.
A beautiful pysanka Easter treat from a friend this weekend and warping a winter blanket.
A Clermont twill blankie heading to London, using up the last of the indigo wool while I wait for the lye from the wood ash I’ve been soaking for the next indigo batch. One of the first indigo babes, my Ottawa gardener on the fence about basement germination or sowing straight into the ground, in the meantime this one is becoming a house plant. Found this pattern on my phone … don’t remember what or where but love either way.
The stripes are coming along in this blanket, the wool from Cortes Island.
I spent a couple of ours fixing the broken warp threads in my blanket, which didn’t take as long as I had imagined. Also rigged up a skarn out of shoe boxes, knitting needles and clamps. Works a dream.
Marshfield: Part VI
I finished my blanket midday and got it off the loom, I have a load of broken threads to repair and I need to decide if I hem it or make a fringe (I am leaning towards hem).
Kate and I with my finished blanket.
I spent the rest of the afternoon weaving tape using an 18th century pattern chiefly used for upholstery. This one is linen and wool, I wove about a yard in blue and another yard in green.
Two historical blankets that I believe a future student is going to use as the basis for their blankets.
Marshfield: Part V
To my own surprise, I wove 60 inches of my blanket today. I have about 8 more inches to do to finish the last repeat of my pattern and then I get to weave some tape! Kate has one she had made for a sample warped up on a smaller loom, so I am going to finish that tomorrow. Plus I get to see more of her collection of 18th century coverlets.
Lazy ikat / twill / basket weave / lopi / worsted blankets
Finally the box of dark grey wool I ordered arrived last week – I wove up two blankets using the grey wool as warp and the Icelandic Lopi I dyed for the weft. I’m pretty pleased with the effect of my lazy ikat dyeing, which looks especially jazzy as I used a draft of combined basket weave and herringbone.
The Grantchester Pottery – ARTIST DECORATORS
A few shots from the ICA show in London of The Grantchester Pottery, with the pottery picnic blanket we collaborated on in situ. All photos by Mark Blower.
Bedspread, Quebec, Eastern Townships, 19th century, wool, woven