Monday, May 21, 2012

Pink Blanket with Binding

Saturday was the shower for parents-to-be of a baby girl. I did an M&O blanket for the new baby.  It has a white cotton warp with a pink perle cotton weft.

I like to add binding to the edges of my blankets to avoid fringe. I like the binding to add some visual interest so I usually make my own bias binding from cotton fabric.  I chose a stripe with baby colors since I was not sure what the nursery decor would be.

I am happy to report that the parents-to-be loved the blanket.  I hope baby will too.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My daughter asked me to make a shrug. I think of shrugs as knit items, but was willing to try a woven version. I decided to work in chenille so that I could put on a long warp and use it for another project. I used a straight twill structure. The warp is fuschia, the weft is purple.
shrug view 2
I was not sure about the correct dimensions so I fudged them using a sewing pattern as the model.  I, and more importantly my daughter, thought it came out really well!  I left a very short fringe at the wrist, but would probably go with a hem in the future.  Also, I this was not woven doubleweave so there is a seam under the arm.  I will b trying a doubleweave and different fiber on the next experiment.