My journey into the world of weaving


Placemats are finished!

I hemmed the final hem today. I’m getting better at sewing evenly. I’ve never been a seamstress. Something about junior high home economics has lingered too long with me. But I am actually enjoying sewing my own handwovens!

4 of the placemats make one set. Their dimensions are pretty close with the length being 18 inches. (Bear in mind, the color is off. My blog header is more accurate!)

Set of 4

Then there is a set of 2 with the length being 19 inches.

Set of 2

Here they are with the table runners from the previous project:


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Table mats done!

I’m combining the fact that they were supposed to be separate placemats and table runners. They are table mats!

There are four: one long piece, two of similar length (too long to be placemats), and one short piece (kind of too short to be a placemat!)

table mats table mats

As I sewed them, I found some flaws but none too noticeable. I am not entirely happy with the hemmed edges. The corners seem well kind of rough. But they will do.


Face cloths – completed

For the most part. I have two left to hem and they all need to be ironed. But they are done! I am quite pleased. The pattern had them finishing at 12 1/4 by 12 1/4 and mine are definitely within that measurement, give or take.

The hemming went fairly smoothly! Here’s the back side of the hemming:
face cloths

And here’s the front side:
face cloths

Leigh’s recent collective posting on hemming really helped. What I decided to do was to sew a zig-zag on each hem, then I cut them apart. I washed them and then snipped loose ends and trimmed the edges. I hemmed with a straight stitch. And then I washed again. They just need to have an iron put to them but I consider them done!


Dressing and hemming

Today, I have begun to dress the loom with the ink blue warp for the placemats. I have gone slowly and thoughtfully. I am just at the point of straightening the ends in the raddle, then I can beam the warp.
Place mats

I have also hemmed and cut the wash cloths apart! They are in the washing machine as I type! It’s out of my hands now: how much will they shrink? will they totally unravel? I’ll know in less than an hour.

I am so pleased! They shrank a little, the waffle weave popped out just the right amount, and they feel soft to the touch! My husband immediately wiped his forehead with one! (Don’t worry, I’ll wash them again!) Here they are, ready for the final hemming:
Face cloths

Pictures to come on the progress of these two projects but Leigh’s question asking me if I had hemmed or not got me going! Enough procrastination! I did read her posting on “Hemming Handwoven Fabrics” before I sat before my sewing machine. It was immensely helpful and I was able to think clearly about my steps. It’s been so long since I’ve sewed anything! It was a little rocky to begin with but then I found my groove.