Scarves

After practicing with the Baby Loom I have made a couple of scarves.

This one is made with the Small & Baby Looms and is made with one 50g ball of Drops Alpaca Camel Beige

I made 10 motifs on the Small Loom with 3 rows and 10 motifs on the Baby Loom with 6 rows. I joined the motifs together by slip stitching, leaving the loops on the front to make the frill.

Small & Baby Loom scarf detail                                         Small & Baby Loom scarf

 

This one is made with the Rectangle & Baby Looms and is made with one each 50g ball of Drops Alaska light olive, olive and dark pink. The flowers take only a few grams of wool so a great way to use up odd bits of leftovers.
Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf                         Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf detail

I made 3 motifs on the Rectangle Loom, using the two green yarns together I wrapped once (making 2 rows). I knotted with some odd pink wool and then I made 6 flowers on the Baby Loom wrapping 2 rows. I joined the rectangle motifs together using the butterfly twist technique and tidied the edging using the butterfly braid technique. I cut 16 25cm lengths of each yarn to make the tassels, 8 for each end – I forgot to cut mine level!!

Photography isn’t my thing, as I always say, these are much prettier than they look!

All wool is available from Wool Warehouse and the Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms

 

One Shade of Grey…

and any shade of colour!

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Add passionate reds, cool blues, vibrant limes and deeply dark indigos to make a stunning throw.
When you finish other project simply make motifs with the small or baby Butterfly Loom out of your left overs and see this wonderful throw grow!

The base here is alpaca Inca Cloud colour charcoal, made by one row on the Small Butterfly Loom and the flowers are made by three rows on the Baby Butterfly Loom

Mid summer in Wiltshire

Wiltshire is home to Stonehenge & Avebury, ancient stone circles where the Druids meet on the winter and summer solstice.  On Midsummer’s Eve this year we went down to Avebury which is about 10 miles from where we live in Swindon.  Whilst walking around the stones I picked up a few pieces of fleece that had moulted off the sheep that roam in and out of the circles, I put these together with some pieces of flint and local chalk (not picked up at Avebury – it is a World Heritage Site after all!) and made this collage.  I hope it gives some idea of what Wiltshire is like to those who do not know the area.

The collage incorporates small pieces of weaving; the yellow is Alpaca wool which surprisingly enough Wiltshire has in abundance, the climate and lush fields being an ideal home for  these lovely animals.  The weaving was done on Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms both of which can be bought off my website Croft Looms.

 

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Baby Blankets

These are two baby blankets made using the same materials but on different looms.  They both use Inca Cloud Lemon Alpaca for the main body and the cream contrast is 50% British Falkland Merino and 50% Tencel.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom.  I wrapped one row per square and made 6 squares.  I joined the squares using the braid joining method.  As this is for a baby I thought the open weave might be too lacy for little fingers to get wrapped in, so I decided to put a backing on it.  I edged a piece of lemon flannelette with blanket ribbon and attached it to the back.  I braided one short edge to make the top of the blanket and  trimmed the other 3 edges to create a fringe.  Where the squares meet I needed to put a few extra fringes in.

Baby blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom Blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom - detail

 

This one is make using a Peg Loom,  I used single thread and used the fine pegs.  As the peg looms leaves you with tassels at each end I cut the one end short and then cut a piece of flannelette and blanket stitched this along the top to make a nice smooth edge.  I then added extra fringing to the bottom edge to finish this off.

 

Baby blanket - Fine peg loom                                          Blanket- fine peg loom - detail

The colours haven’t come out very well on my photos but these are lovely pale yellow.

 

Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms are available from my website Croft Looms.