Blanket + Dog

Blanket
Some time ago, I wove some handspun/dyed mohair blankets. I sold several of them, but decided to keep one for myself as the colours were so bright and cheery. The warp was comprised of 2/3 commercial 2 ply wool and 1/3 handspun. For the handspun, I spun a singles of wool and plyed it with a commercially spun mohair. The weft was a 2 ply commercial wool.

I dyed 1/3 of the yarns (both warp and weft) in red, 1/3 in cyan and 1/3 in blue. The warp was 44″ wide and sett at 6 e.p.i. I used an 8 dent reed, allowing an extra space for each mohair yarn. I wanted to create large squares of colour, so I divided the warp equally into thirds. 1/3 red, 1/3 cyan, 1/3 blue. Correspondingly, the weft was woven in thirds as well. I liked the effect of colour, however, if I did this project again, I would have more contrast of colour between the green and blue. I think the blue should have been in the dye pot a bit longer.

Dog:
One day, I was curled up in it reading a good book, and my faithful dog “Q” laid beside me as she always does. I fell asleep. When I awoke, I found she had chewed a hole in my new blanket. The blanket now has a 3″ hole in it.
Disaster

Suggestions Wanted
Help??
How would you fix this? Solutions can be woven, sewn, quilted, crocheted, knitted or ??

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Last Updated on April 2, 2020 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi

1 comment

  1. I would consider making a whole lot of patches that blended or didn’t depending on your taste and then randomly placing them over your blanket…or if you wanted put a whole ‘ribbon’ across the width/length of the blanket – making it woven so it looked like it was supposed to be there 🙂

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