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A whole new year at the loom with a view

Somehow, 2021 seemed to both drag its heels and rush past at the speed of light. It seems that perhaps 2022 is going to do exactly the same thing, because it is suddenly almost the end of January and I don’t have very much to show for the month that has just passed!

EXCEPT, that I have lots and lots of wonderful new stock! My order, which was delayed in New Zealand for almost two months finally landed on Christmas Eve – most inconvenient, but also fantastic to finally have the goods in the country, and, unpacking the boxes two weeks later was  a bit like having Christmas all over again!

Several ladies received their long awaited looms. My outstanding reeds arrived – well most of them, as did the outstanding pick-up sticks, shuttles and my long awaited copies of “The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving” – whoop whoop!

The cottons fell out of the box in a rainbow of weave-a-liciousness      

                                       

… and so did the gorgeous Ashford DK yarn. This wonderful pure woollen yarn is a blend of Corriedale and Perendale fleece, which means that it is a yarn with wonderful body and character. I use it for so many things, from scarves and shawls to blankets, weft faced projects and pretty much anything in between.

It is not superwash treated, which means that it blooms beautifully during the wet finishing process and also fulls, which for us weavers is a huge bonus.

The colour range is spectacular, and even though I only keep a small selection, I find that I still have more than enough of a palette to feed most of my fantasies!

The new Merino Boucle is also in stock in both the brushed and looped versions. Somebody recently described weaving with this ultra luxurious product as “.. like weaving with snowflakes….” . Fortunately the boucle is a little more resilient and a lot less transient that your run of the mill snowflake!

So there you are then – talk about starting the year off with a bang! Exciting projects are in the making, the posts on Patreon will begin again in February, with a revisit to some of the basics that pass so many of us by, and of course – most important of all – Thread Handed is only SIX weeks away!

Looks like 2022 is going to be a bumper year all around for me – and I hope for all of you too!

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Weaving project – Cotton Carry-All

Right – here it is – I hope – you should be able to access this file – I hope some more…..

Putting the project into the Blog is a temporary measure because I’m not charging for it. When I next formulate a pattern I will put a cost to it and it will go into the shop. This project will be available on the blog for two weeks – until the end of June, so please, even if you are not going to do the project right now, download the file for future reference.

I have to say, that writing this pattern has been a challenge…… It is a very different process from demonstrating a process in a workshop. Suddenly I have to slow my brain down to the pace at which my fingers can work – perhaps this is not a bad thing because I know that in a workshop situation my mouth often outruns my brain and gets me into trouble! Here, I have to think a bit harder.

Please remember that this pattern is an experiment from my side. I hope that if you choose to do the project you won’t mind being a Guinea Pig and a ” Test Weaver” for me, and let me know of any problems – put them on the Facebook group for general discussion because this is how we can all learn.

Instructions for making up, finishing and making the strap will follow in due course.

Good luck and enjoy!!!