Quiet Friday: Blanket Sample Thanksgiving

This warp for the double-width wool blanket is taking some down time while I complete a finishing sample. The five-fold purpose of the sample is to 1) check the sett and 2) the weft density, and 3) to examine the fold to see if I need more, or less, weft at the turn, and 4) to test the wet-finishing process, and 5) to see the effect of brushing the finished piece.  I am thankful for family, friends, fellowship, and finishing. (Thankful for blog friend Marie for first suggesting a finish sample.) I hope you, friend, get to have time with the ones you love, and have some down time to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Just cut off sample for finishing. Wool double weave blanket.

Sample piece is cut from the loom. Warp will be tied back on to the front tie-on bar.

One side of the double weave sample.

One half of the double-width blanket sample. The fold is at the yellow.

Other side of double weave sample.

Other side of the double-width sample. The fold is at the yellow.

Double weave fold revealed in sample piece.

Blanket fold revealed. Weaving double width means you only see one half until it is cut from the loom.

Double width sample washed and air dried.

Wet Finishing. Sample has been washed and dried. Washed on delicate cycle in washing machine for 3 minutes, no spin cycle. Air dried flat.

Double weave fold in sample after wet finishing.

Examining the fold after wet finishing. Also, notice the improved weft density in the final segment (brown weft at the bottom), when I applied a lighter beat.

Double width blanket sample after being washed. Karen Isenhower

Blanket finishing sample.

Blanket sample - brushed.

Blanket sample brushed on one side, using a stiff dog brush.

Comparing brushed and not brushed sides of sample.

Compare the brushed top side on the left to the unbrushed bottom side on the right.

Brushed double weave blanket sample. Karen Isenhower

Brushed double weave finishing sample. Hmm… Could this be my new Christmas tree skirt?

May your family and friends experience your thankfulness.

Thankful for you,
Karen

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