For about a year and a half I’ve been spinning wool for a woven lap blanket. I chose fleeces from a local farm, washed them and then combed the fibers into “top” that I have been spinning on my Majacraft spinning wheel.
All of this didn’t start out with such a grand plan. I bought fleeces in four different natural colors because I wanted to have a variety of colors: 1) a grey that also had white and black which I used for a sweater project
3)a brown fleece (also known as moorit (sheep was named “Hollyanne”-I needed a fleece from two years to have enough); and 4) a white lamb’s fleece from “Opal”.
When I was first learning weave, I got the idea that I’d like to weave a tartan plaid pattern. So I did some research and read about how it is done. Some previous blanket projects (see the previous post on the dog blanket) led me to believe that I could try this, but I’d need to learn about twill and double weave techniques.
In the next part, I’ll talk about that and where I am currently in the project. It’s quite an adventure and a wonderful learning experience.