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.

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A Weekend of Weaving

My favorite kind!

I pulled out the sewing machine and I finally finished the last two facecloths – they are hemmed. Then I changed thread and sewed the edges of the placemats. They got washed and dried today. losing a couple of inches in length and about 1 inch in width. I have cut them apart and trimmed the edges. They are ready to be hemmed and finished! That should happen tomorrow.

I also warped two more bouts of the new project; one more to go. I’ve made another change in plans with this project. The placemats from the first are actually better table runners! So with this new project, it will be placemats all the way. I think I can get at least 6 out of the warp.

My husband taught me how to use his CAD program and now I can do a computer draft of the pattern! I’m doing that right now to get a sense of the pattern I have chosen. It’s looking good!

To finish up the day, I did a little loom maintenance: tightened up the bolts and dusted it. I vacummed all around. So it’s all ready to be dressed! I should be able to beam the warp tomorrow.


Off the loom

I finished weaving this afternoon and took it off the loom.

The table runner is 32 inches. Two placemats are each about 27 inches long with the third being only 18.5 inches. The width is 14.5. I had about 34 inches in all for loom waste. So I used the full warp; it just didn’t give me what the pattern promised! The pattern never gave the measurements for on the loom; only the measurements after shrinkage and take up. I had to figure it backwards so I think I figured wrong.

Here’s what the short one looks like:
Short placemat

Next is to sew each end, wash, and dry. Then measure again to see what the true shrinkage is! Take up seems to only have been about 6 inches.

So it’s an odd matching set. I am planning the next set and even though it will be a different advancing twill, I can mix and match!


Table runner, once placemat, completed

Everyone’s advice was wonderful and I thought a lot about what I wanted to do.

I definitely need to have a harder beat with the placemats because I would like them to be sturdy. So I decided to make this first piece into the tablerunner. It really doesn’t matter to me how long it will be.

Then I will start again with the first placemat. I will beat hard, the shed open, because that does seem to compact the picks.

I’m having a good time with this pattern and with the weaving. I am getting a good rhythm going and as long as I don’t lose focus, I am fine!

So the first placemat next … again!