Cosy Blanket for Winter 2019

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This winter I thought it would be fun to weave some blankets on the rigid heddle loom using my hand spun wool for the weft and a commercial wool warp.

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I used up all the left over colours from a dyeing day, spinning them onto one bobbin and then plying them with a mixture of blended red wool so that the overall colour was warm and cosy. I used the full width of my 20″ (50cm) rigid heddle loom with a 5dpi (20/10cm) reed threading every hole and slot.

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The warp was 165″ (419cm) long and 20″ (50cm) wide.  After cutting it off the loom and securing the cut edges with a machine stitch I gave it a good wash and a line dry where it flapped about vigorously.  I then cut the length into two halves and hand stitched these together using the same yarn as the weft with an over hand stitch.

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The cut edges were then bound with a velvet ribbon, machine stitched on one side and hand stitched on the other, giving it a lovely luxury feel.

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I was so pleased with the results that I made another one in quieter colours using a commercial wool and silk warp and a hand spun wool and alpaca weft.  This time I bound the edges with a satin ribbon.  The rigid heddle loom is really so versatile and with a good range of heddles to choose from and a wide variety of yarns it is possible to weave so many different fabrics with different uses.
  Keep warm and cosy and Happy Weaving!
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5 thoughts on “Cosy Blanket for Winter 2019

  1. Oh they’re absolutely gorgeous, so cosy. I feel inspired to make one, especially as it’s just started to snow! ❄⛄

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