I finally decided that 4 colors from the blanket - one for each side would look the best.
But despite the rough look of the finishing I couldn’t help liking it. There was something about the finishing that was appealing and I couldn’t put my finger on it. And then I remembered what the true meaning of “patchwork” was.
Patchwork enjoyed a widespread revival during the Great Depression as a way to recycle worn clothing into warm quilts. Even very small and worn pieces of material are suitable for use in patchwork, although crafters today more often use new 100% cotton fabrics as the basis for their designs. In the US, patchwork declined after World War II but was again revived during the American bicentennial.
The picture above shows that patchwork items were not entirely perfect and often the fabrics and colors used were not necessarily planned to coordinate perfectly. And that was the feeling that my own weave-it blanket was echoing in my mind. Not perfect but as a fully finished item - very appealing.
The weaknesses of this blanket in my mind are:
- This blanket has many types of fiber contents and as a result will never be machine washable and dry-able. Yarn was picked on color primarily.
- Because of the various types of yarns and the various colors - the seams would never look entire finished to a perfectionist eye - which sadly I seem to have.
- It has a ton of ends. The problem in my mind is that each end represents a break in the fabric of the blanket - a weak point! There are tons of weak points.
But despite those weakness - I LOVE it. I learned a whole lot about what yarns work with this weaving and what don’t. I LOVE that this used scrap yarn. It was yarn I loved from previous projects and couldn’t throw away the left overs - and finally, finally I got a chance to put them to good use.
|And already grabbed and used!!|