Wool and Canvas blanket?

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  1. Sleepswithbears

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    I have an idea to sew canvas to one side of a wool blanket. The idea being that the side against your body is wool and the side exposed to the outside is the canvas. You get the breathability, windproof factor, and the water resistance of canvas. Also this would be used more when you have little to no shelter or are in an open hammock. As of now its just a thought. It might already be a thing but I haven't seen anything similar before. If you have any ideas, concerns, or anything to add id love to hear it!
    Thank you!
     
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    Sounds like a cowboy bed roll, just sewn together. Will be following.
     
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    Yup, just the standard bedroll with the proven practicality for changing ground, weather and temperature conditions of keeping the two pieces separate. If you want the blanket sewn in just get a Carhart or Walls horse blanket lined canvas barn coat to wear and sleep in with a pair of light nylon insulated ski type pants and save some weight and space.
     
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    I'll look into those thank you. I know they were separate but used together. They used the canvas as a ground pad correct? Or was it based off their needs at the time?
     
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    Yes, based on need, canvas for ground cloth only with just blanket only on top for warmer wx or half canvas over top or taco wrap for colder and/or wet wx. Canvas alone was sometimes used as sun shade when needed especially in the South West. I get all my expertise from the master Louis L'Amour;).
     
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    Nice idea. I saw something along those lines at LL Bean while browsing. Waxed canvas, wool blend, and leather. Didn't buy it, but it looked nice. Sounds like a heavy load to carry, maybe not the best for backpacking (depending on the hiker I guess) but great for fixed camps or car camping? I think Bean made it with a wool blend (60% wool/40% polyester) to help keep the weight down. A 100% wool and waxed canvas blanket with leather and brass hardware would be significantly heavier. As it is, it comes in a little over 5 pounds. Not too bad, I guess.

    https://m.llbean.com/product.html?skCatId=118023&skCatId=118023&productId=1632005&attrValue_0=Olive&pla1=0&mr:device=m&mr:adType=plaonline&qs=3125101_google&lsft=qs:3125101_google,product:0SUN350000&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3ciwzuaD2wIV0lqGCh334ARwEAQYASABEgIanvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CLyHqNTmg9sCFUevTwodtikIKA&llbdrd=https://www.google.com/&csp=a#118023

    The LL Bean model is 72"x52" and if I was making my own I'd like it a little bigger...which means heavier too of course. But I'd be thinking of something along the lines of a cowboy bedroll setup, and I don't think the dimensions of the Bean model would cut it. Could also be used as shade, shelter, ground cloth, etc.

    Let us know how yours turns out!
     
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    Will do! Thanks for the link. I'll take a look at it. Ill have to make one and show you guys.

    I have varying amounts of quality with wool blankets. Is there any "can't beat for the money" wool blankets that anyone recommends? A desend at least 80% wool blanket that I can do a test on? Thanks!
     
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    I have thought of making a cloak with something like this. Big hood, leather straps so I could roll it up. Maybe when it's 100degrees out I will throw a trial one together.
     
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    Sounds like a good plan to me show pics when all done. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    I have the one from LL Bean. It’s a nice kit. Love using it at concerts on the lawn.
     
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    You are better off rigging it to separate so you can dry put the canvas. It is a good idea, the big flaw in wool blankets is they lack a shell, so a bivy is needed to prevent the wicking of your heat. might even be work putting a 5momme silk liner inside, then you have a legit sleeping bag.
    Check goodwill for egyptian cotton sheets. They are even more windproof and lightweight compared to canvas.
     
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    I remember seeing an old design of stitched holes, two rows in parallel, then weaving rope though to combine blankets into sleepingbags. The two rows allow for a buffer of a flap to prevent gaps. Stitching holes is a sob but best design I've seen that wont fail line snaps, zippers or velcro
     
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    Interesting. Toggels might work as well.
     
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    I've got a couple low priced 100% wool blankets around here.

    Shoot me a PM with your needs or post it here.
     
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    Do ya now.....??
     
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    What you need brother!?

    I got user Red and Multi-stripe 4 Pointers, NOS Italian Army blanket.
     
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    He’s truly like a crack dealer. Your first hit of his stuff will never be your last.
     
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    Yeah dat's me.
     
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    HAHAHA!! Yeah, I know about his crack-dealing already. Luckily, I've been able to resist...so far.... He is a well of knowledge about wool blankets and such though. I've learned a lot from him about the wool I've purchased so far.
     
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    Tell you what: I just acquired one of his gems and I’ll be posting a thread on it tomorrow. I can’t say enough about him, or his products. But when he says something is “top of the line”, it’s very possible you can’t even imagine how good it really is. I still don’t have words for the blanket I just got. There’s NOTHING on the current market that competes. (I looked, lol)
     
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    +1 for making the canvas cover and wool liner separate. If you want to combine them maybe use buttons or ties instead of sewing them together. You can air out your wool blanket and you can wash the canvas when it gets really dirty which it will.
     
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    That right there is one heck of an idea. You can use them together as the OP stated, use them separately when you want to, etc. Good one!
     
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    Thanks Chawn I really appreciate that!

    The range in quality for point blankets is vast.
    Not many people know how good the great ones can really be.

    I've had the chance to compare first hand my antique point blankets to CJ Wilde's and Robert G Stones loomed blankets.
    They both make world class wool blankets but they just cannot compare to some of those antique HBC blankets.
     
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    I wonder if the Amish could be a resource at some point?
     
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    Wondered about that as well.
    I see more quilts from them vs loomed wool blankets.
    like 100 to 1.

    If you find an Amish weaver making wool blankets pass on the info!
    I'm always looking for the highest quality blankets.
     
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    Duluth Trading did a collaboration with Faribo Woolens awhile back. Looked cool but was like 3 bills, but might be worth checking out for ideas.
     
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    two easily procurable similar setups:

    1) Late WWII/Korean War era wool sleeping bag; a bit mummy shaped but roomy enough and comes with a matching canvas bivy cover. Since it is an enclosed bag you have none of the draft issues as with blankets. The canvas is relatively thin and light, and reasonably waterproof.

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    2) Older USGI canvas shelter half+ wool blanket. The shelter halves are a nice and light (7oz?) tightly woven canvas with a good treatment that is large enough to wrap around your blanket and tuck in around you. one point stays under your head for your pillow and gear, the other point tucks up around your feet.


    If you just buy some "canvas" for this project you will as likely as not end up with some loosely woven duck that has little to no actual weather resistance, and be quite heavy wet or dry. If you do end up sewing the wool to the canvas (I wouldn't) I'd still recommend using a USGI shelter half as your source; its cheap, light, and keeps water out better then some wall tents I've been in.
     
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    Sewing canvas to one side of a wool blanket is nothing new. This was done by the Southern Confederacy for issue to their soldiers during the War of Northern Aggression. Sometimes for extra warmth news paper or wall paper would be sandwiched in between. It was also common for soldiers to use carpeting as a blanket, sometimes with cloth sewn to one side. Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, Pa. weaves period correct carpeting and sometimes offers remnants for use as blankets. Bulky but oh so warm!
     
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