The Weaver's Dance

On a loom that whispers, with shuttles that fly
And bobbins that chatter as the hours go by
I'll not lay in one thread of mere chance
As I work in the motion of the weaver's dance.


This is an update on my loom named Doris. I am still weaving blankets on Doris and still enjoying the patterns.....This is a 16-Harness Twill that I wrote myself called "Cat's Garden".

I weave sofa throws, lap blankets and small bedding blankets on Doris. I am still weaving with such a wide variety of patterns......I'm sure that I will NEVER weave them ALL!

I have an inherent love of blankets and it is my favorite thing to weave......My blankets are like an enormous, sweet HUG!

Below you will read about my history with Doris and all the fun we've had together:
Meet my 'friend' Doris! Though she has 24 harness, I weave a 16-Harness twill that I wrote myself called "Cat's Garden".  The fabric from her is $29/yd but can be higher for finer wefts (which take much longer to weave!).  Doris is my widest loom with a 60" wide weaving width, but I only put 50" on because of physical my challenges....this results in fabrics measuring 42"-47" after the washing and shrinkage that results.  Fabrics from Doris can best be described as simply "yummy".

In the description of Doris below, I mention weaving on her is like being on a stair master and it's true!  She is quite an bit of exercise, but is also a complete joy.
There are many colors that can be woven on Doris and those colors are always added to bleached white.  I often entertain dressing her with some color, but haven't yet.  The fiber content is, therefore, always cotton with added weft of cotton (huge slubs or tiny threads), bamboo, linen, rayon or any combination therein.

The resulting fabrics are very popular for baby blankets and sofa throws, but some of the lighter wefts, like 10/ or 16/2, are wonderful for jackets!

This photo shows a custom-woven blanket and I have done these and sofa throws on Doris, complete with hemstitching and twisted fringe.....these run from $150 to $200 depending on the size and the fiber content.  What I have done is mailed off the strands of the many possible wefts that could be woven in, the customer chooses their favorite(s), and I begin weaving turnaround time can be pretty quick!

This is what's currently on Doris....a lovely soft gray which I will weave until I run out of it!  If I don't get any orders between now and then, this fabric will be displayed in my booth at IWC, Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, July at Fort Lewis College in the Student Union Ballroom!

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