Weaving a baby blanket

What is the value of lockdown if you do not try something new? For me, I am teaching myself to weave. I have a new loom, in addition to my Ashford rigid heddle. I created a baby blanket as a gift for a friend using hand-dyed wool. What do you think?  

Watch me weaving on YouTube: 


acryllic and wool woven baby blanket
the newly woven baby blanket on the Ashford 8-shaft table loom

The Coat

I have made the coat. I had exactly the right amount of fabric and I did it on my own. From woe to Go it took 2 months of actual work. Although there was a lot of time in between. I haven’t shown it being worn because I Took it to be dry-cleaned and it shrunk a few sizes!!! I got such a shock. But its Still wearable when I loose a few more kilos. Apparently, it should have been agitated when washed with baby shampoo before I made the coat up. It is very unusual to make clothing from home weave.

still waiting for black embroidered toggles to finish it.

Ready for the next step

I finally finished weaving my cloth for the coat I’ve got in mind. Hooray!! Next step is buying some lining. Then learning how to sew it all together I’ve a pretty good idea but need to learn about lining and collar, and making a pattern. I did make a pattern to fit with my first weave before and learnt how to shape the shoulder for this next time.

the finished weave, there’s 6.60 metres altogether.
The coat pattern i admire and wish to emulate.

Apologies ๐Ÿ’ž

Im sorry I have neglected the blog I’ve been busy weaving for a coat. And seeing another artist smudging paint on his portraits, which was what I had in mind I lost heart with my portrait searching idea. I couldn’t bring myself to disfigure my work. I’ll share my weaving instead. But I have another idea brewing for my next painting ๐Ÿ™‚ hopefully tomorrow.

First finished weave
fabric airing after a wash
a third panel

Skirt and Top

I have been weaving and made a Top to wear out of Patons Sierra 8ply. And a skirt with %100 wool from the Bendigo Woolen Mills. Didn’t take Too longย  I’ve also been

spinning and making myself a Knitted poncho type coat which I should finish next week. When we win the war with Covid vaccine I will be able to open my studio Gallery again for the Pyrenees Farm Gate Trail again. I had lighting installed and a wee coffee machine to make an espresso for my visitors with a sitting area and I will give demonstrations of different aspects of the work if you are interested. Very much looking forward to seeing you.

21 April 2021

Carded black Alpaca fleece with sparkling fibres being spun.

My Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.

I’m spinning and weaving again. It’s a great way to have a change from painting. I’m enjoying both now. And have an idea for my next painting.