Ooo It’s a Ghost!

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I don’t usually create frivolous décor, but for some reason, I thought making a ghost would be fun and easy.  Judy had a skein of Lamb’s Pride that I thought would work well for this process.  Even though this is a worsted weight yarn which would usually be woven with an 8-dent reed, Jane suggested to use the 5-dent. Since I was going to felt it, the yarn needed room to be able to shrink. The 5-dent reed created an open weave that allowed plenty of space for felting.

Basically, the ghost can be made by starting with a square of any size. Mine was 15” X 15” on the loom and shrunk to about 13 ½” X 13 ½” off the loom.  To secure the raw warp ends, I tied warp threads in groups of 4 and cut the fringe to 3/4”. To get the dome effect of the ghost, I fluffed cotton balls to make the “head.”  I took a separate piece of the same yarn and sewed a large running stitch around the head, and did some French knots for the eyes in a different color.

Ghost before felting

Before the ghost went in the washer, I removed the cotton stuffing. I threw the ghost in the washer on hot with a dash of detergent for a short wash cycle, felting in that process. However, I still wanted it to be a little more felted, so I stuck it in the dryer. After about 5 min in the dryer, I put the cotton back in for the shape of the head and made a spider web with yarn between the head and the rest of the body to hold the cotton in place. I then dried it until it was completely dry (about 25 minutes).

It is a cute simple project that is out of the ordinary for me, but sometimes out of the ordinary can be good (or spooky). Every ghost needs a name, so I named this one Copernicus.

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Denise Renee Grace

Denise Renee Grace first learned to weave as a student at Bethel College. She later moved to Boulder and worked in a re-purposed product company where Barry Schacht discovered her and hired her to work in our sales and service department. Denise’s first love is spinning and she is especially fond of working with natural fibers on all four of her Schacht Wheels. When it comes to weaving, tabby tickles her. In charge of customer care, Denise spends her days here helping people—something she does so well.