Tuesday 8 April 2014
This collection of pure wool tweed offcuts arrived in the post for me a few days ago, direct from the manufacturers in the north of England - a trip of nearly 200 miles. (Americans take note - this is a small country, and that is a long way). I didn't know what colours to expect, I took pot luck and asked for five dark colours and five lighter or bright colours.
As soon as I had time I washed them all, so I know they are pre-shrunk when I use them, and also to ensure there is no loose dye. After an initial very warm dunk in a bucket, I washed them all together in the machine at 30 degrees. No nasty running dye - a fantastic result. I didn't know it was possible to have so much fun with a washing machine.
They vary in weight - the plaids would be suitable for skirts, whereas the plain colours would be ideal for a thick winter coat. I love the pink...
... and the herringbones are very jolly. My husband liked the dark green in the top picture and immediately wanted a jacket in it. No chance, I haven't even got enough to make half a sleeve, so I have promised him a cushion instead.
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