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The Rhubarb Blanket is underway.  The stripes are working well with the rosepath weave. I plan to weave all of the warp first, then separate into three equal pieces, and join together for a blanket about 75 inches by 110 inches. The cones of cotton on the floor in the background are 11/2 Fox Fiber naturally colored cotton. The 11/2 cotton, wound double on the bobbins, will be used for the weft in this blanket.

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Since I am combining cotton and wool yarns in the warp I am paying particular attention to winding the warp on the sectioned back beam.

The rhubarb warp on the warping board; chained and sitting on the loom bench waiting to be threaded in Rosepath, and wound onto the back beam of my Gilmore loom.

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Here is the entire lot of Deren Bader’s mountain merino yardage. Dyed with rhubarb extract, and wound from her skeins of both 2 ply worsted and 3 ply dk combed.  I am combining these with some yellow wool from my stash and Maysville 8/4 rug cotton to wind a warp of 11 yards in length.  280 ends, total.

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Here’s the latest from my studio today. I have used two skeins from Daren Bader’s yarn collection to create this almost-plaid. 13 inches wide, 80 inches long, this handwoven beauty will be in the shop at EWE Fibers to see and touch. Join the April 1 Cricket Class and learn how to do this kind of work!

 

Spring and summer weaving: cotton and flax the perfect choice. These hanks of cotton and flax yarns at EWE fibers are well-priced, generous in size, and ready for weaving today. Experimenting with colors in warp and weft might look like this:cestset2

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akemcity1This is Deren Bader’s hand dyed yarn, Emerald City. Colors from rhubarb and indigo; fibers are merino, silk and alpaca. Weaving on a 15-inch Cricket Loom with a slim, closed bottom boat shuttle. Both warp and weft show the colors as they are coming off the skeins. Something new. And good.