Victor's New BlanketVictor is very shy about getting his picture taken, but when he decided to sleep with his new blanket, I had to sneak a picture.  It is really nice to have my weaving appreciated even by an almost teenager.  I'm also glad to see that is it long enough for him to use, at least for now.  I am predicting that by his 13th birthday, he will be taller than his mom.

I am continuing to weave up the primary colored blankets.  I have 115 of 180 inches woven at this point.  It is coming along well.  I am getting consistant selveges - being helped by the weighted floating selvedges and the aligator-clip temples.

I also spent a little time with Katie this weekend showing her the yarn I have picked out for her blanket and showing her some overshot patterns that I am considering using for the blanket.  I think for her to really get an idea of how the different patterns will look, I will need to create picture mockups using her colors.  At almost 8 years old, she was having trouble ignoring the colors of in the sample book and kept being drawn the the patterns done in pink.  My mom mentioned that she would have the same problem.  I hope to have this next project warped and ready to start weaving by the time Victor & Katie next visit at the end of June.

sample on loomI finished warping my loom this weekend for my new project.  I don't want to give too much away on this one, since it is another gift, but I will be weaving these blankets in two pieces and then learning yet another new skill by needle weaving the two halves together.  In order to get the best possible selvages to piece together, I have fishing line under high tension coupled with both floating selvages (you might be able to see it in the photo).

Torchon bookmark with spidersI found some time this weekend to try out another bobbin lace bookmark from the Dye & Thunder book.  I think it turned out pretty well.  It is the most complicated one I have done to date.  The new skilled learned with this bookmark include spiders and doing a "turn stitch."  The turn stitch was used to keep the light blue following or outlining each of the spiders.  The first several "spiders" are a bit rough, but by the last (toward bottom of photo), I think I was finally getting the hang of it and getting the tension correct.

I have to say, bobbin lace is a nice way to use up some of the thrums left over from weaving.  The last 3 bookmarks have been made entirely from thrums.

bobbin lacebobbin laceOur wedding anniversary was last week.  We spent a lovely day at Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio.  I also received a beautiful gift of a bobbin lace kit from Anthony (along with an order for a bookmark for each of the books he is reading). Smile

When I opened it, we promptly made a last-minute run to the library to check out the Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace by Gilian Dye and Adrienne Thunder.  Over the last week, I have been working through the various bookmark patterns learning the basic stitches.  So far, I have completed 3 bookmarks.  It really is a great deal of fun and just as Laura Fry has said, it is like building the loom as you go and having the freedom to turn warp into weft and weft into warp.


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