Friday, November 25, 2011
Well I bit the bullet and started the wool cloak tonight. I was out & about all day today checking all my favorite fabric stores to see exactly what I wanted to get to make myself a bliaut but I couldn't find anything I liked as much as the electric blue wool I had gotten eon's ago for my cloak. Its light weight, a tight weave and I love the feel of it. So I decided to use the 4 yards of heathered purple wool for my cloak instead. I have had it in my stash for quite awhile now, and while its a looser weave, I think it will work quite well for me as a cloak. I don't normally wear a cloak usually but have found this past camp season that I wouldn't mind having one around (although I found that sharing one with someone warm when I was in dire need of heat was extremely nice I must admit).
The purple is light enough that it shouldn't be too heavy on my shoulders, the one I made Magnus was ungodly heavy! Plus, I don't think I will get overly hot wearing it but it should keep in quite a bit of warmth considering I usually am already wearing linen & wool. The only time I really want a cloak is when I belly dance...hence the fun time sharing >;p
I went with a lighter color linen thread to give it some contrasting decoration. I think the running stitch I will do along the hem will work in well with the flat felled seams along each section since I am not going to add any sort of trim to the cloak.
I only had 4 yards of this wool but it was 90 wide. So I actually put the selvages at the top & bottom and cut the triangles through the middle. I know that's not really cutting along the bias but given the weave of the wool I don't think it will be a problem. Again, going with a full circle would just make the cloak a lot heavier than I would like and since I usually have one side thrown over my shoulder I don't see how having a couple sections short of a full circle is going to affect the look of the cloak at all.
All in all, doing it this way keeps me from having to purchase more wool so the only thing I have actually bought for the challenge thus far is linen thread and the trim on my kirtle. Everything else I have had in my stash. So all in all, I've spent under $20.00 so far!
Although Jenet has put it in my head I should make RED linen braies hehe...so I may actually go buy some red linen tomorrow with my 50% off coupon!