Monday, July 31, 2017

Its been over a month ...

I can't believe its been more than a month since I posted on "blog".  
There has been quite a lot happening so hope we can catch up.

I had a request from a lass in London to replace a much loved blanket which her flatmate had kindly washed ..... in the machine and dryer.  All my blankets are hand wash or at the most a short run on wool wash.  The mate to this has gone to the States so I've gone international.

Over the years I've been seduced into buying velour (or chenille ) yarn and never had any success with it.  Knit, crochet or weave, it always wormed into ugly loops.  I was going to give it away and realised I was just giving the problem to someone else.

Just to sidetrack a bit, Bay of Plenty has many groups of Creative Fibre (Spinners and Weavers) but mostly not enough people interested in each group to have a special subgroup for weavers so it was decided to start a weavers' group for the whole BoP to meet once a month centrally at the Mount.  First meeting I was able to go to was talking about tabby, or plain weave.  The penny dropped and I realised tabby is ideal for velour and I had an article for show and tell.
I've also been having a play with deflected double weave - more on that in another post.
And another series of blankets are on their way to Pauanesia.  I don't usually have so little warp left.  I had to bring the knots in front of the reed to get enough for 15cm of fringe and to put a cross in (2 rows of tabby) ready to tie on the next warp.
More later, the loom is calling.