Cushions to start the New Year

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After all the colour and decoration of Christmas it felt time to create a more plain and neutral look for the house and these muted colours of grey, blue and yellow seemed just right for making new cushions for the sitting room.

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Using yarns from my stash I chose the rug wool for the warp and the chunky wool for the weft for two of the cushions, varying the threading to get a different look. For the third cushion I used a yellow wool slub with a closer sett in the reed.

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I used my Schacht 20″ (50cm) rigid heddle Flip loom with a 5dpi (20/10cm) reed threading every hole and slot. The warp was 60″ (152cm) long and 20″ (50cm) wide (this allows for loom wastage and shrinkage) .  I washed the finished length in hot soapy water and gave it a good pummelling so that the yarns would really come together and make a strong fabric suitable for upholstery. Before sewing the cushions together I put the iron-on woven interfacing over the whole piece of woven fabric to make it very secure and help the cushion keep its shape.

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Making small projects for the home is such fun and a great way to get to know your rigid heddle loom so if you were one of the lucky ones to receive one as a gift why not give these a try.   I have made three cushions so far but I think I shall make several more and try out different threadings, keeping to the same colour palette.   It has been a very enjoyable winter project using plain weave and the ever versatile the rigid heddle loom.

Happy weaving from Elisabeth and Sarah

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