As you weave these two naturally dyed, all-cotton baby blankets, you will not only be creating a set of blankets for your favorite baby, but you will giving the women of San Rafael, Guatemala a chance of a better life and honoring the skills they have spent a lifetime learning.
Click HERE to learn more about the Natural Dye Project and the dozens of volunteers who helped these women increase their income through their desire to learn the art of natural dyeing, so that they could send their girls and boys to school for a better future.
See VIDEO to learn more about the Natural Dye Project.
You'll delight in the brilliant but earthy natural colors in shades of cochineal, indigo, osage orange, madder and overdye of osage orange with indigo. We've added a hefty skein of our all-cotton textured boucle Monte Cristo yarn for the weft in each of these blankets.
Easy to warp and weave on any 4-shaft loom with 36" weaving width and a 10-dent reed. Can be adapted to rigid heddle weaving on any 18" or wider loom, by weaving two sections and sewing or crocheting them together. Plain weave for both rigid heddle blankets.
Kit makes two generous-sized (29.5" x 35") baby blankets woven on the same warp but each in a different, unique design”.
Hundreds of hours of volunteer time have gone into this kit from the first inception of the Natural Dye Project some five years ago, to the tireless volunteers working in the field, to the designing of the instructions, to our blogger, graphic designer, marketer and distributor--all volunteer hours so that the women of San Rafael can envision a better life for their daughters and sons. This is the first time in their lives these women will be able to earn a fair trade, living wage.
Read designer, Robin Lynde's BLOG about how she designed this Friendship Baby Blanket and fixed a big weaving error.
When your favorite baby is snuggled in these all-cotton blankets, hand dyed and handwoven with love, you will know that not only this child but a child in San Rafael, Guatemala will have a richer life.
Close Up of Friendship Baby Blanket
Yardage in kit:
Warp: 8/2 unmercerized hand dyed cotton (3,360 yd/lb; Mayan Hands Dye Project), Osage Orange/Indigo, Dark Indigo, Osage Orange, Light Cochineal, Light Indigo, Dark Madder, Dark Cochineal, 180 yd each; 8/2 unmercerized cotton (Mayan Hands), Natural, 1100 yd.