Wednesday, July 20, 2011

warming up ...

Here we are, - the material is off the loom, ready to be cut. Because the weaving is not wide enough, I made 3 panels for this wrap- blanket.

I felt very much touched, - my very first larger project which is entirely "natural" and hand made (my bed spread has a commercial cotton warp)
The sheep wool is partly in natural colours = white and grey and the colours are from natural dyes = marigold, soursop-flowers, honeybush and dark red rose petals, all hand spun and hand woven. It makes it feel very speciaL to me :-)


Here all finished, I crocheted the panels together and sewed a seam on top and made a hem. Added two crocheted ties...gave it a good wash and was so lucky to strike the one day with sunshine - it actually dried the same day!
and am happy to report that the blanket is soft and lovely warm.
I feel the colours are really cheerful too!

Now to weave the "real" blanket (single bed size) - that will take a while, but I am happy for that to be ready for next winter.

More about tapestry next time ...

7 comments:

kaiteM said...

that's absolutely beautiful Vera, so wholesome and full of goodness. how big is it finished?
natural colours go so well together. i don't know soursop, will go and look it up.

K Spoering said...

I hope you made this for yourself! It looks warm, cozy, and a truly beautiful thing to use; something to be enjoyed for years and then passed on to someone else to treasure.

tikarmavodicka said...

Wonderful!! and beautiful! :-)

It so lovely to see the blanket finished! :-) I really like the colours, they are very cheerful. You can't beat those natural dyes. The colours produced really are very warming.

I hope you enjoy being warm and that you get many many years of good use from it. :-)

Wishing you a sunny weekend and good progress with your tapestry. Looking forward ot the next update.

With love
Tikarma
xoxox

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Sorry for my late reply, had a problem with my modem for a few days.

Hi Kaite, Thanks for your nice comment,I am glad that you like it! It is 86cm (nearly 34")long and 2.30m (approx 90 1/2")wide to wrap around.
I also noticed with tapestry weaving how well natural dyed colours blend and it shows that they blend equally well with each other. I am very happy about the visual warmth and the actual warmth of the wool.

Kathy, thanks for your nice comment! Yes, (big glowing smile!) it is for myself, and I am very happy with the result. It is very cosy and warm and also not too heavy, - and yes, rather precious to me :-)

Hi Tikarma, so nice of you to comment, yes, all worked out well and I am very happy with it! Glad that you like it too,
wishing you good days,
with Love
Mum & Karley xOx

Mary said...

HI Vera,
your first comment made me remember why I don't weave - all that work and you are going to cut it!!
But I agree with everyone else, it looks lovely.
I think the soursop is oxalis - something that is growing ALL OVER our garden at present. Perhaps I should cut the flowers and dye some fabric. I did some when I was doing the dyeing part of my course and it made a lovely yellow.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Mary,
I think you have the right plant, (all over our gardens!!!) but the advantage is that it is plentiful and easy to collect. It doesn't make a deeper yellow like marigolds, but is seems to be very light fast (with alum).
Yes, also to cutting woven material, my heart beat faster but I reminded myself that I wanted to keep warm :-)
Thanks for your nice comment!

belfastdavid said...

I missed this one but am really glad I caught up - i can look at this blanket from the other side of the world and feel the warmth over here - Wonderful.

I can only imagine the satisfaction you must feel - there will be warmth in that too :)

I have never heard of soursop-flowers. Are they native to Australia or could I find them over here?

I shall think of you wrapped up warm.

I hope too your weather continues to move in a warmer direction.

Have a good week

With love
David