I won a 6 oz. package of Border Leceister/Mohair blend roving from Toots Le Blanc a couple of years ago at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. First thing Kathleen asked me was, “What the heck are you going to do with that?”
You see, Kathleen knows that I’m a wimp when it comes to wool. It’s next-to-skin softness or nothing at all. And my standard for next-to-skin softness is pretty high. In fact, Kathleen thinks that I’m a wuss. So, when she saw me with a package of long wool, she snickered.
But what she doesn’t know is that I’ve been mentally planning a punch rug, made with handspun wool. I have some Lincoln X Corriedale rovings in a variety of natural colors all ready to go. The Border Leceister will be a nice addition to the mix.
I have the basic shape and dimensions — an irregular pentagon (2 sets of 2 equal sides and angles, with one set of right angles) to fit in front of the double french doors up at the cottage, but I don’t have a design as of yet. I want it to be of some sort of Native American/Puget Sound theme. There will be some subtle marking to note the 4 compass points. But that’s as far as I’ve got in terms of design.