My friend Lindsay is due with her second little girl in just a couple of weeks. Since she is a quilter and a knitter, I wanted to make something a little different for her. I decided to weave a cotton baby blanket after another friend, Beth (sadly blogless) posted some pics of a set of three she had made.
I knew Lindsay really liked pale pink, and that the colours of the baby’s room were in that theme, so I went with a white warp and a petal pink weft. I used a 6-thread herringbone, which I think is a good classic design.
I measured out the white warp threads (I will post all the specifics at the bottom of this post for anyone who is interested) and got them (all 696 of them) onto the loom. The warping of the loom took about 12 hours or so, much longer than the actual weaving takes. I can now say that I am enjoying the warping process, and has taken a long time to get to that point. There is a steep learning curve when you are starting to weave, but I feel like I might be over the first hump.
Once on the loom, it was time for the fun part. Weaving!
It took two good solid days to get the blanket done so that I could cut it off the loom. One thing that you have to get used to when weaving, is that the fabric that comes off the loom will not look or feel anything like the finished product after washing. It is really important to sample your fabrics so you know what you will get after finishing. I was being daring and following my friend Beth’s suggestions, so I just went with it. You can see what the fabric looks like right off the loom (colour is a bit off in this pic):
Pretty hole-y and trust me, scritchy. But a nice long wash in the machine with warm water and a good hot dryer and it is soft and fluffy!
You can see the difference in the fabric here:
Big difference, eh? I did a little embroidery on the sewn hems just for records sake.
I didn’t get very many good full pics of the blanket because the weather was not cooperating the day of the shower. But Lindsay really liked it, which makes me feel good. I hope that it gets lots and lots of use! The great thing about cotton is that it is durable, and will just get better with more washes. Can’t wait to meet the bean Lindsay!
Warp: 4 yards, 696 ends (58 pattern repeats of 12 threads each), white 6/2 unmercerized cotton.
Sett: 18 epi on 12 dent reed threaded 1-2-1-2.
Weft: Petal pink 5/2 pearl cotton (hems done in 10/2 unmercerized natural cotton).
Pattern: 6-thread herringbone from A Hand Weaver’s Pattern Book (Davidson) pg 25.
Loom: 4 shaft, 6 treadle LeClerc Fanny, 45″.
On loom: 36.5″ W x 43.25″ L (not including hems).
Off loom, hemmed: 36.25″ W, x 39.5″ L (big draw up in length!).
Washed: 34″ W x 36″ L.
Hems folded and ironed, then stitched by machine.
Washed in warm wash/cold rinse with gentle detergent, front loading machine.
Tumble dried high with fabric softener sheet.