Saturday, October 22, 2016

two finishes, handwoven blankets


I decided on a simple single crochet border in red rather than satin blanket binding.

I'm really pleased with this. It washed up beautifully.

The panel seams are not all that noticeable even though my weaving wasn't as uniform as it should have been.

I love a cotton blanket, but it is a bit heavy

I'm going to do more with wool in the near future.
hand woven cotton blanket


I had a lapse in judgement and bought some yarn because it was a good price. I very rarely do that, I'm not sure why I did it this time. Most of it is wool and I don't have a wool throw. So I wove it all up into this weird throw.

Most of this yarn is bulky wool and some of it is mohair with metallic. I don't even like metallic most of the time. What was I thinking? I also have some roving leftover from when I made felted crochet hot pads.

If nothing else, I'm sure it will be very itchy! :) This is before wet finishing. I plan to full it quite a bit, because that will make it even weirder. haha!!

But in the end it was fun to weave. I did doubleweave, double width on an Ashford 32-inch rigid heddle loom with 2.5 dent heddles. And I really don't mind its looks.

wool (mostly) throw, woven

Sunday, October 16, 2016

weaving a cotton blanket

I am weaving a waffle weave cotton worsted weight blanket. The colors are white and cream. It's a loose weave.

I'm using a 5 dent reed. I like the simplicity and openness of it.

I used Peaches n Cream cotton yarn in cones.

I plan on adding binding to the top and bottom or maybe some crochet border. At first I was thinking of the satin binding you usually see on blankets, but now I'm thinking of using a regular cotton fabric.

This is woven on a 32" Ashford rigid heddle loom in plainweave. I'm weaving three separate panels and then sewing together. It will come together and possibly shrink a little once washed.

So far I'm very happy with it.

I want to work more with wool, but I do so love a cotton blanket.

cotton blanket

cotton blanket

cotton blanket

Saturday, August 13, 2016

and such

A quarter of the year has passed since my last post. I didn't notice and it's likely no one else did. But that's okay.

I have been weaving mostly:

Bailey is 16 years old now, he most likely won't be with us for much longer
My favorite picture of Bailey. :)

This is made with the Ashford Vari-dent reed. There is so much potential with this. I haven't even started with this yet. This reed makes it possible and easy to use any size yarn that the loom can use, super bulky, worsted, lace weight, fingering, etc. At first I didn't like this fabric, but it seriously has grown on me.
variable dent, varied yarns
variable dent, varied yarns

Tea towels!!
various cotton tea towels
various cotton tea towels
various cotton tea towels
diamond tea towels

indigo dyed superwash bulky wool yarn (i know i posted this before)
Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky - Indigo!

throw from above yarn
Handwoven throw

mohair and metal
mohair and metal scarf or cowl

Saturday, April 30, 2016


I haven't posted in a while. I don't think anyone notices as I never promote this site and am not at all consistent with it.

Here are images of lately.

Hubs bought me this great octopus shawl pin. It reminds me of Cthulhu. :) This shawl was the first thing I made on my Ashford rigid heddle loom.

a double weave blanket of sock yarn for a friend, made using two heddles on my ashford rigid heddle loom
woven wool throw

woven wool throw

a very wide shawl of yarn leftover from other projects
waffle weave shawl

waffle weave shawl

waffle weave shawl

cotton and cottolin tea towels, these are made using three heddles on my Ashford rigid heddle loom
so early in and already an error
Crackle weave sample, I really love this draft.

crackle weave tea towels

crackle weave tea towels

I am making a blanket (using two heddles for double weave) for a gift, I am also dyeing yarn for the first time, I used indigo

Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky

Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky - Indigo!

Weaving with the indigo dyed Andes superwash wool. This is doubleweave so it's twice as wide as the loom.

And Margarent Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake, it's eggless and if you bake, you most likely have all the ingredients. It's a fun cake when you need something with ingredients on hand. I was surprised at how moist, yet sturdy it is. But for some reason, I decided to drown it in glaze. It has a moat.

Margaret Fox's Amazon chocolate cake

Sunday, January 10, 2016

my first double wide double heddle throw blanket

This is my first finished project of the year. I am destashing (my stash is a joke compared to many people). This is a mix of worsted, lace and fingering yarns. I wanted a looser weave, so I used the 7.5 dent heddle. The width is about 59" and since it was double weave, no seam. I'm thrilled with that.

I am not thrilled with the mistakes I made. Mostly because I didn't even know they were there until it was off of the loom. But now I have a much better idea of what to watch for.

first doubleweave, double wide

first doubleweave, double wide

first doubleweave, double wide