I don't have the yarn yet, which will likely be black. I was thinking about spinning it. It won't take a lot, maybe about 150 yards. But it will have to be dyed. The fibre that I have which is suitable, is still raw fleece, so it will need to be washed. By the time I've washed the fleece, let it dry, worked out the calculations to spin it to the necessary twist and grist, and then spin, ply and dye it, spending the $7.45 for the single skein of yarn that I'd need, seems to be an easier solution.
I'm happy with the rug though. Now to find a local dealer for Briggs and Little yarn, Regal weight.
|Joining the two halves|
|The seam line from joining using this technique is almost invisible.|
My finger is on the seam. Despite the bit of extra bulk at the selvedges, it's still really hard to see.
I thought that I wove the blanket halves to 95in, knowing there would be a lot of shrinkage when it first came off the loom. Obviously I wove the first half to only 92 inches because the second half it a few inches longer than the first. It's an easy fix though. I'm joining the two halves together first. Then I will pull a weft thread where I want a cutting line to even up the two blanket pieces. I'll then stitch along the blanket side of the little gap to secure the threads before cutting the extra off.
I hem my blankets these days, rather than twisting fringes. If I were to sell blankets, I'd likely twist the fringes as people seem to like the look. However, I want my blankets functional and I find the twisted fringes get in the way. They tickle chins and noses, get caught up in fingers, and other things and of course are the perfect cat toys. Hems are far more utilitarian as far as I'm concerned and I'm willing to give up a pretty finish in order to not wake up with a fringe bit caught up where I don't want it.