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Felt & Buttons: The Last 2 Components of The 50 Mile Coat

50 Mile Coat FeltedCollar

Although the Coat has been revealed to the world (and she’s gorgeous, no?), we’re not quite done explaining all the skills that went into making the Coat. The Coat’s final touches, hand-felted cuffs and collar and hand-made buttons, were the pieces that pulled the design together. In this post we look at felting and button-making. …

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The 50 Mile Coat is Revealed!

After 3 weeks of continuous work The 50 Mile Coat was revealed this Sunday at Neilson Park Creative Centre. We’ve still got a couple of topics to discuss about the construction of the Coat but let’s take a moment to revel in the beauty of the Coat and celebrate the work that brought it to …

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Natural Dyes & The 50 Mile Coat

Bringing colour to The 50 Mile Coat was as easy as stepping outside the front door of Neilson Park Creative Centre. The EHS Dye Garden hosts a number of known dye plants ranging from Bedstraw to Tansey. In this post we’ll explore the plants used to give colour to The 50 Mile Coat. Choosing Colour …

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There’s More Than One Way to Weave: The Inkle Loom

Functional Decorative Bands This is a photograph of the inkle loom we are going to use to weave decorative bands that will be sewn onto the sleeves of the 50 Mile Coat. This Canadian loom was made by Leclerc Looms whose history goes back to 1874. Inkle looms are used to weave narrow bands that …

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Weaving Makes Cloth

Sometimes we forget that cloth is the result of many processes, people and creatures. Picking up a shirt at H&M, or even a few yards of cotton from Fabric Land, hides all of the labour, knowledge, material and skill that went into making the cloth. The 50 Mile Coat pulls back the curtain on these …

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Spinning the Weft

After the spinners finished spinning the warp threads, the another type of yarn was needed: the weft. When making cloth, threads are interlaced (remember the over/under technique from paper placemats?) with one another. The warp threads run vertically and the weft threads run horizontally. While the warp threads need to be strong, the weft threads …

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Dressing the Loom

After spinning up the warp yarn, the next step is getting all that gorgeous yarn onto the loom. This process is called “dressing the loom” and it is a process either loved or hated by weavers. How Much and What Kind? Weaving cloth on a loom requires a lot of pre-weaving work. First the weaver …

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Spinning the Warp

Spinning is by far the largest part of making The 50 Mile Coat. EHS members are hand-spinning the warp and weft, or the vertical and horizontal threads on the looms, as well as the thread for sewing the Coat together. This means that we are spinning different styles of yarn for each purpose. In this …

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Fibre Prep: The 50 Mile Coat Spin-In

This weekend we hosted a two-day Spin-In at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Spinners and non-spinners alike came out to help us prep our fibres and get started on the 2500+ yards we need to weave The 50 Mile Coat. Fibre prep refers to the process of getting a fleece (or blanket when referring to an …

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