Monday, December 18, 2006


I started weaving placemats using Sue's twill draft.

When I looked at the draft on Fiberworks I didn't think the floats on the sides would be a problem, but working with supersized yarn (4/4 cotton) is a whole 'nother story!

I stuck with it for for the first mat which was probably a mistake. We'll see what it looks like after washing, but it can always be a mat under the espresso machine. I have enough warp for at least 8.

I added floating selveges and wove in 2.5" of plastic bag strips to hold the fringe. I think I'll use two strips of cardboard between the other mats but thought I needed to get the floating selvege anchored before starting the next one. It made such a difference. The selveges look great.

The close up colors are truer than the larger shots.

I sett mine more open than Sue's, 140 ends at 10 epi and 10 ppi.

I found some blank Shrinky-Dink plastic while rummaging through some of my stuff. Just right to make a dishwasher button for my mom. She hasn't used her dishwasher much in the past few years but now we are coming and going and we're not sure if the dishwasher is clean or dirty. A little velcro and we're good to go!


  1. I really like that draft - hopefully it'll turn out and be something you can use. It would also look really nice in muted colors as chair seats, I think.

  2. Sorry I forgot to mention that I used floating selveges. I started out with them, too, but quickly added them in. Yours look great! I love the effect with the multicolored weft. (And can I just say how very cool it is to see someone using a draft I "unvented"!)

  3. Char, the placemat looks wonderful! I quickly went to the draft to copy. Drats! I need more shafts.
    I remember a Christmas tree filled with shrinky dink decorations made by the kids. Your dishwasher "button" looks far better. Great idea.
    Oh, and I "love" my Christmas dino. So there!

  4. The placemat looks great. Nice soft colors. Very comforting.
    I remember the shrinky-dink days. Even had a shrinky-dink Christmas tree one year. Not pretty.
    Hey, I love my Christmas Dino. Take back what you said!

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  6. Beautiful weaving :) Love the colors of your placemats. That button idea for the dishwasher is great!!

  7. Love your placemats and the fulled blanket. Glad Ifound your blog.

  8. Love your placemats and the fulled blanket. Glad I found your blog.

  9. I'll be interested in what you think after you wash the place mat because it really looks nice. I love the variegated weft. Is 4/4 cotton similar to that heavy 'sugar and cream' type crochet yarn? I have quite a bit of that and think place mats would be a good option for it.