Hello loom – my old friend

So nice to be back sitting here at my loom. It’s been a little while but I’m back to weaving soft cotton wash cloths today.

Yarn trials

As we head into quiet winter months here in NZ, I’ve been taking time to weave some new things. These beautiful yarns come from a local farm (The Woolshed, on Takaka Hill) which is run by a friend and her family.  The natural silver and charcoal greys are from friendly Gotland Sheep. The off-white wool is from Perendale sheep. All are un-dyed and have been mill spun here in NZ.

It feels great to weave with and I am really happy with the fabrics that have been coming off the loom. Here are some cosy pillows finished this week. These are a combination of mostly cotton and wool – plus a tiny bit of added man made yarn for sparkle.

Gotland is lightweight and very warm. It also has really good drape and a subtle natural sheen, so it’s calling me to weave a blanket soon.

Another of Gotland wool’s natural properties is that it makes great felt. I’m trialing this on a different loom.  Once woven, I firstly washed these samples by hand in hot water and soap; but then I got a bit braver and put them all into the washing machine, followed by a tumble dry. Once felted, it is possible to cut the fabric without too much fraying – which could lead into all sorts of fun projects. I’m beginning a few useful drinks coasters – just got to decide whether to keep the blanket stitch edging or not.


I was very lucky to be able to do some organic indigo dyeing for a whole day this weekend. Loved it so much.

A great big thanks to Jo Kinross at creativejourneys.co.nz for an amazing day.