Two of my dear friends are taking horse back riding lessons right now and I thought it might be nice for them to have saddle blankets of their very own. Off to my stash I went in search of materials to weave up some surprise saddle blankets.
The color of the blankets are a very light silvery grey with a bit of lavender highlighting the wool. Shetland wool is lovely to weave with and will hold up well to the stress of horse sweat, leather friction and heat.
Each saddle blanket was woven with a 3/1 twill pattern using doubled weft threads in each pick. It was important to me that the saddle blankets were thick and comfortable for the horse.
Plan on putting the blankets in the mail this afternoon. Hope my friends will be pleasantly surprised with their gift saddle blankets. I always enjoy giving presents that are not expected.
Next up is an all wool rug I wove with the same Navajo warp and more of the Harrisville Shetland wool.
The Overshot pattern was done with a dark teal grey shetland wool. Think the rug turned out great. It is functional, lays flat and is sort of fun to look at.
Here is a shot of the front and back together. I can never decide which side I like the best.