Last weekend I cut the blankets off of the loom and finished them. I always love reaching the point where the weaving portion of a project is complete and the finishing can begin. I am also ALWAYS nervous about the "finishing" of a project. This time, I had a new-to-me step in the process. I needed to seam to panels together to form a wide enough cloth to call it a blanket. I had been very careful while weaving the blanket to get consistent edges and I hoped I was being consistent enough with my beat that the pattern would match well when I went to seam it. I lucked out and/or hard work and extra care paid off. I am thrilled with the way the panels came together.
Actually doing the seaming was REALLY painful for me. I like to hand sew, but my problem neck, shoulder, arm, hand and fingers don't really like it. The little bit of warping of the plane that was caused by matching the pattern disappeared during the wet-finishing process. Here are a couple of pictures of the seaming process:
I have the warp wound for my next project - by request - a primarily pink blanket for my niece. It will be a birthday present in August when she turns 8. I can't believe she it getting that old! I need to hurry up and get the warp onto the loom. She is visiting in a little over a week and I promised her that she could help me weave a bit of it.