Small Weaves

First of all – a very happy, colourful and creative 2017 for everyone!

My parents gave me some money for Christmas “to buy something nice”.  At our last craft market of 2016 I had seen a fellow stallholder using a little square loom and was intrigued. My not very mathematical head would most certainly struggle to figure out how to set up a really big loom but something small and simple could be fun. The woman I saw using her little loom recommended “Wild Colours”, a company based in Birmingham UK which specialises in Natural Dyes and, amongst other things, sells Hazel Rose Looms in various sizes. I ordered a 3.5 inch quilt weavers loom which arrived in time for Christmas and it got me going. Here are my first results.

2017-01-05-001-coasters-1024x683Coasters from Herdwick wool bought in the Lake District last summer.

2017-01-06-001-683x1024Squares from Shetland Wool. I want to sew them together to make a cushion cover but needed to order more yarn to complete the project. Once finished I will post a photo (provided it looks presentable).

p1040698-1024x684And another set of coasters. Herdwick weave and Shetland border before (front) and after (back) washing and blocking.

I would like to felt the squares after weaving. Maybe I make a slightly bigger loom myself to get squares that are still large enough for coasters after felting. And I want to try out different yarns. There is certainly room for experimentation and improvement. The weather being rather gloomy at the moment makes it easy to spend time in my workshop.