Re: Patch Blanket
Jen Freele (freele@WWDC.COM)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 10:07:15 -0500
> a wool blanket (ex-army) is excellent. But I think too heavy for my
> purposes. Was considering either a double layer of flannel, or a good
> polar fleece. Has anyone used these? I was wondering how well they
> would hold up
You may want to think carefully about using polar fleece or other
synthetic fibers for your camp blanket. Here in Canada, we call
them "campfire blankets" as they are most often worn around
campfires to keep the back warm around the fire, in our cold
northern climate. Synthetics such as Polar Fleece are very
susceptible to heat and sparks. THEY MELT!! Some cotton flannels
are very flammable as well. Wool or a wool synthetic blend are
the ones most often recommended.
My own blanket is made from a coat material I picked out at a
fabric outlet. It's royal blue on the outside and fake lambs
wool on the inside. (cost $12) I cut a "T" slit in the middle
and bound it with deer hide. I used deer hide laces and pony
beads as closures. It shows the patches off very well and is a
real eye stopper at Scouting events. On the minus side, it is
very heavy but with our climate I can get away with it.
My suggestion for those scouters or scouts who think they will be
around the movement for a while, choose your material carefully,
because a lot of thought, time, hard work and money end up on the
blanket, so you'll want something that will stand up over time.
They do become quite valuable. These items are also "lifted"
from time to time, so keep an eye on it.
16th St. George-London Pack and Troop
London, Otario, CANADA
I used to be young and thin...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City