Last time I went to visit my folks, I noticed that my Mom is using the same green placemats that she's had forever (despite redecorating a time or two.) I decided to take it upon myself to weave her some new ones, to refresh her table setting. After colluding with my sisters a bit about what colour to use, I settled on a lovely Burnt Sienna colour, which is not something I would use in my own house, but I think she'll like them.
I followed a simple huck draft I got from the free Interweave eBook Free Handweaving Projects for Beginners (originally from Handwoven Magazine Nov/Dec 2009.) Someday I think I'll make myself a similar set (probably in huck lace) in grey, but for right now, I made her two sets in this deep orange. I ended up with nine in total, which is should be enough for everyone plus extra for a table centerpiece. Because my beat wasn't always perfect, there is a bit of variation in size, but I guess the largest one can be used for the table center, and hopefully everyone will be too distracted by her delicious food to notice that their placemats aren't entirely identical in length.
The sett for these was 12 epi, which means that they were quick to sley (only 177 ends.) They were also quick to weave: although I started the project ages ago, I actually wove the last four placemats in just three days. The huck draft is one that I've woven before, early on in my weaving life, but I feel like I did a better job of it, this time. The front of the fabric has floats in a vertical direction, which are spaced out a bit more than the floats on the back, which pull in a bit closer, in a horizontal orientation, and look a bit more like a polka dot. I'll let my Mom decide which way she prefers to display them.
Now I just have to decide which of my many weaving projects to work on, next!
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