Springtime Baby Blanket

I took a weaving class at the Art Gallery of Burlington, in between getting ready for various Christmas bazaars, as well as my own family Christmas. It seems like forever since I completed a large project.

I chose to weave the “Springtime” pattern from Tom Knisely’s book “Handwoven Baby Blankets“, but chose my own colours at Camilla Valley Farm. Don’t you just love the peacock against the dark purple?

The baby blanket is woven in 4/8 cotton, and is a plain weave that is more about exciting colour than complex structure. It’s a lovely weight and drape, and of course very washable and durable. A good project to build my confidence on the four shaft loom.

Our Christmas theme this year is “Second Hand or Handmade”, so this is great! I ended up with three beautiful handwoven baby blankets: one for my grandson, and one for each of my two nephews born earlier this year.

Canola Fields Woven Project Bag

Last weekend, my daughter and I drove down to eastern Ontario to attend a weaving workshop with  Janet Whittam  in her home studio. It was a treat spending the weekend together with my daughter, and exploring the Morrisburg area in our spare time.

Janet is a knowledgeable and patient instructor, and I learned some valuable tips from her during the two day session. My mind was opened to the possibilities of a black warp, for example. In this piece, look how the black 4/8 cotton warp enhances the chosen colour scheme worked in wool.

I had originally planned to weave a canola fields striped table runner, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of some of the fabulous natural textures in Janet’s well-stocked studio, and ended up using materials that wouldn’t allow the fabric to be flat enough to be used in that way. The project bag is intended for knitting projects and is a simple, generously-sized, lined, draw-string bag.

Thanks Janet!

Log Cabin Tea Towels

I recently attended a weaving class for my rigid heddle loom at the Little Red Mitten in St. Thomas. These log cabin pattern tea towels are the result.

I used 2/8 cotton doubled in chocolate and natural to create the patterns.

It was definitely a labour of love, given the time it took to design the simple pattern, prepare the loom and weave the three towels. However, they came out perfectly and have a lovely heavy drape to them. You can’t purchase mass produced tea towels of this quality.

I can’t wait to start on the next set of tea towels, maybe stripes this time.