Whole Lotta Huggin’
Three blankets in one kit!
Our wonderful Sharon Broadley, @colourwoven on Instagram, designed these gorgeous blankets for the special people in her life that needed a hug. Once again, she has nailed it….so drapey and cuddly, with perfect, simple, elegant graphics. I am always so happy to share her projects. Sharon wove these lovely blankets out of Québécoise 100% Wool, which is a yarn that is durable, washable and softens with brushing!
And … they are now available as a kit!
The second blanket is woven using 1-inch stripes.
The third blanket has 3-inch squares of Natural Grey with stripe repeats of Olive Green & Cypress Green.
Last of our Old Tussah Line
The semi-bleached Tussah we use for our hand-dyed 20/2 Tussah line has been discontinued through our supplier. These skeins are the last colours available using this particular Tussah. Once they are gone, we will be out of stock of hand-dyed Tussah for a couple of months while our dyer re-dyes the entire Tussah line using bleached Tussah. The new colours will be more vibrant and very similar to our hand-dyed Bombyx silk line. All of our silks are hand-dyed right here on Salt Spring Island.
3/2 Organic Cotton Now Available in 1 lb cones!
From Our Inbox
We love receiving photos of your weaving projects. When Janet sent us this photo of the beautiful blanket she wove for a friend’s mother, who loves pink, we just had to share. We asked her to write a little blurb about her experience weaving with mohair. Fabulous job, Janet!
Do you talk to your warp yarn? Maybe I do that when I’m frustrated or when it seems like the threads are breaking due to some unknown force. But generally, I’m pretty quiet with them…until I started my first mohair blanket.
The threads are so lovely—soft as a kitten and diaphanous as a cloud—but they also have a wicked sense of sticking together. Just off the warping mill, they looked innocent enough. I spread them through the raddle and pulled them to separate as Jane teaches us. I lost one in the forest of fiber but it worked out by the time I tied it onto the front beam. Perhaps the best lesson was about splicing within the main fabric because the threads stick together. So, the stickiness can be a plus.
Once I got that, I started talking with them and letting them know I appreciate them for being both soft and sticky, good and tricky. We came to an understanding. You must raise one harness at a time to let them move, and occasionally they gang together around the heddles, but are fine if you gently separate them. Fulling and brushing are absolutely the best part. The halo that develops blends the colors like watercolor and reminds us that softness is queen. I don’t know if I’ll keep that level of conversation with future warps but I know that the second mohair blanket is about to go on the loom.
|f you are a subscriber to School of Weaving and would like to weave a mohair blanket, we have a whole episode on weaving with this lovely but sticky yarn. Jane has woven hundreds of mohair blankets over the years and she shares all of her tips and tricks with us in Season 1 Episode 9 – Making a Mohair Blankie… Yes!