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Friday, June 27, 2008


Remember the red star towels that drove me crazy because of the skeleton tie-up? Here is the navy and white using a different threading and tie-up. I only completed two of the five due to the loom sale.

And here are the other three.

The first prototype saddle blanket is off the loom.
On the loom it measured 36x43
Off the loom it measured 31.5x43
After wet finishing: 28.5x38

I attempted some kind of braid-y hemmy finish and didn't like it at all. Too fiddly and the pre-washed wool was unpleasant. I threaded the doubled ends back into the piece.

Another view.

I have a second one on the loom which will be twice the length. It will still end up too narrow but I'm using these as learning tools. I'll have to wait to get the new loom to weave a saddle blanket that will actually end up being 32" wide. The finished blanket should be either 32"x36" or 32x72". Poor me. I can't weave any wider than 36" on this loom. The now gone loom could not have held up under the tension.


Blogger beadlizard said...

Ack, forgot to send you those pictures and measurements. Maybe Monday??? --syl

3:35 PM  
Blogger Heidi Pettitt said...

Would you be willing to share what type of wool are you using? I have a friend who rides and this would make a great Christmas present.


8:37 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Heidi, I have no idea what brand wool this is. It was given to me several years ago. I am assuming it is a rug wool. It is very strong, not a long wool, so I bet it is slightly felted. It is a single ply and 8wpi. I'd be happy to send you a piece.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Heidi Pettitt said...

Thanks Marie, I think I know what I'm looking for now, but thanks for offering to send me a sample. Do you use the same yarn for the warp and the weft?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Yes I have, however, you can use a finer weft yarn for a weft faced blanket.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Hi Marie :)

Hmmm... I can't decide which I like better, the red star towels or the blue. What I do know, is that I really like the crisp, simplicity of the design. They *almost* make me want to hand dry some dishes . . .or maybe break out my iron ---- *almost*!

Weave on!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

My son is picking up my new-to-me 36" Leclerc Artisat loom tomorrow. I hope this will give me rugs. I don't know what I'm doing - that's why I read your blog because you do!

9:07 PM  

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