Friday, August 24, 2012

Placemats Finally Finished!!

I finally cut apart the place mats I had finished weaving awhile back.
 I'm not quite sure what took me so long except that I was afraid to cut the threads.
 I was afraid that everything would all unravel too quickly for me to get the hems sewn in.
 Well, I have been a big reader of the blog, Weave Away for quite a time now and she is making 2000 bookmarks for an order.
 She weaves for a bit and then cuts them off and sews them up.  She is amazing with all the patterns and color she can do with one warp.  I am so inspired!!
 Anyway, since reading and drooling, I decided that I could possibly cut apart my seven place mats and hem them without anything blowing up. totally worked!!
 Each placemat, while being the same color, has a different pattern and I love them!
 Here you can see there is quite an oops with this one.  I'm not quite sure what happened, but there are definitely things out of place here.  We will still use it, I just wish I had payed enough attention to my weaving at the time to notice and then I might actually know what I did wrong.  Inevitably now I will repeat this error :o)
 Some of the place mats had different looks to each side.  This side is dark and...
 this side is lighter.  I kind of like the lighter side better.
 They all match, but are different which somehow appeals to me greatly.  I think we will use these for our family dinner on Sunday - my in-laws and my mom are coming over - we will see if they know I made them.
 All together :o)
 This is the sampler I made to get ready to make the place mats.
 I picked some of my favorite patterns and then got started.
 This one didn't show up on a place mat because at the time I didn't really like it, but now I think it looks pretty nice.
I was really taken with the bottom pattern and it was used for the first place mat that was woven, the others here really didn't grab me at all.  It's so funny how color, thread thickness, and treadling play such a big part in how everything is all pulled together.  Now I need to finish my kitchen towels and get my big loom up and running - I have so many ideas!!!

But for now, I am off for a run.  I joined the fleetly forum and took on a couple of challenges that I want to complete so off I go!


AllyB said...

Those are all beautiful. Nice job on the placemats.

Jeanny House said...

Those are lovely. I absolutely love the sampler, though! I'd use it for something all by itself.

Kathryn Ray said...


You are making me miss my loom in a big way. ;-)

Kathryn Ray said...

BTW, I was just saying to myself yesterday that I wished I knew of a few blogs to read that had some weaving. thanks. :-)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Those are great! I really like the sampler...I used to work in a factory on giant looms....

Opal @ Playing with Fiber said...

Those are lovely, I like the colors you've used. I haven't weaved in years, although thanks to sites such as yours, I've been thinking about weaving again.

RobinBrz said...

Wow! This is really cool. Thanks for stopping by to visit this week. I don't know anything about weaving, but I'm inspired by your work to learn more! I hope dinner on Sunday tastes extra good on your new place mats!!

Ginx Craft said...

I really like your placemats. They are nice that they are all different, but still look nice together. I have not seen any other blogs featuring weaving so found yours really interesting.

Voie de Vie said...

Good luck with Sunday dinner! No matter if they notice, you'll still have a stylin' table setting. :)

I'm certain once Andrea (the Wonder Why Gal) gets her comments hiccup worked out, she'll really enjoy seeing and sharing your weaving adventures.

Babajeza said...

Beautiful placemats. Happy dinner with the family!

WonderWhyGal said...

Those mats look great! Jealous of your weaving ability. I really need to spend more time with my loom.