Ever since my in-laws gave me my loom for Christmas year before last, I’ve been wanting to make them some placemats for their updated dining room. It is a pretty light blue with dark wood trim and furniture, so I wanted to play off of that. They were really happy with them.
The yarn I used was “I love this Cotton!” from Hobby Lobby which is really soft, weaves well, and doesn’t cost too much for our budget. The colors are 20 Brown and 300 Pale Denim. I found the color-and-weave pattern and some directions for placemats in my copy of The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom. The width in loom was the full width of my 15″ loom’s heddle, and the length of each placemat was 22″ before the 3/4″ hems (In retrospect, I would have preferred 24″. See note below.). As you can see better in a picture further down, the pattern is a 3 blue, 1 brown repeat in both the warp and the weft, making sure there are 3 blues on both edges of the warp. In order to figure out how much yarn I needed, I used Weavolution’s Free Weaving Calculator.
I learned a lot during this process. It not only involved weaving and washing, but also using a sewing machine to bind the ends so that I could cut (eek!) and hem them by hand. I was so nervous about using my sewing machine on the woven material, but it worked wonderfully. 🙂
They turned out a little narrower than I would have liked since I must have misunderstood how long I was supposed to weave each one, but they work okay for their table. (Basically, it said 24 inches under tension and 22 inches not under tension. So, I measured them loose on the loom, thus not under tension, but they were too narrow, which may just be something odd about me. I’ll be going with 24 inches loose on the loom in the future. Due to the aforementioned narrowness, I have yarn leftover.) They tucked under the edges of the ones on the ends, but my husband says that he thinks their table is not of normal proportions. Uh-huh. Sounds good.
ON THE LOOM
Here are a couple more “glamour shots.”
We’re trying to figure out what we want to do for our own dining table. Hopefully, we can decide soon!
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