Process Review: Twelve Placemats

Twelve placemats just came off the loom! Now, for the finishing work. Measuring, examining, repairing, washing and drying, and hemming. Soon they will be ready to dress the table for a home-cooked meal. Mmmm… The focus is on food and fellowship. The placemats are there to catch the drips and crumbs. And then, washed and made ready for the next meal.

8/2 cotton for placemats.

Striped warp is beamed.

Tied on and ready to weave.

Color and Weave placemats.

Color and weave produces different patterns.

Weaving in the afternoon shadows.

Weaving placemats in a sunny corner.

Variety of stripes with color and weave placemats.

Sisters in the color family!

Color gradation and color and weave.

Interesting shadows at the loom.

Christmas. While our focus is on food and fellowship, a beautiful mystery plays out right in front of us. A baby named Jesus entered the world. Christmas celebrates this. Jesus came to take away our offenses, catching our drips and crumbs. The mystery of God is glorious. This is the mystery: Jesus takes our stains, and we who trust in him come out washed and made ready for glory. This is good news, for which a weary world rejoices!

Weaving at night by the fire, Christmas lights reflected.

Plain weave placemats in color and weave.

The End!

Cutting off! Twelve 8/2 cotton placemats.

May your table be dressed for good times.

Have a glorious Christmas,
Karen

28 thoughts on “Process Review: Twelve Placemats

  1. How appropriate. The number twelve on Christmas morning.
    How beautiful.
    It is the quiet of the predawn with the just past full moon reflecting off the snow. Before all the excitement of the day’s celebration.

    I love God’s color pallet.

    Merry Christmas Karen.

    Nannette

    1. Hi Nannette, Your scene is lovely. Here, there is no snow, and it’s dark out as I watch for the first glint of light. The bright moon must be behind cloud cover. Peaceful and serene, with apple cinnamon steel cut oats in the crockpot just about ready to feed our celebrants.

      Merry Christmas to you,
      Karen

  2. Beautifully said, Karen! It is a day of celebration! It’s natural to put the words, “Merry Christmas to You”, etc. to the Happy Birthday tune, changing the last 2 lines, to ” Merry Christmas, Dear Jesus! Merry Christmas to You!”

    Blessings to you as you bless so many others! 🙂

    1. Good morning, Joyce! This celebration doesn’t end when the wrapping paper is gone. It quietly keeps going all year – in our hearts.

      Merry Christ-mas,
      Karen

    1. Hi Marjorie, This is simple plain weave, with color and weave effects. I chose the colors from a select palette of colors I am using for this house.

      I haven’t used placemats in a very long time. And this is the first time I’ve made any, so we’ll find out pretty soon how well they work. 😉

      Thanks!
      Karen

    1. Marjorie, Yes the warp is doubled, too. So this plain weave is actually a basket weave, which makes the color and weave possibilities that much more interesting. This is 8/2 cotton in warp and weft.

      Karen

      1. Thanks for answering. I aspire to become a weaver, and I’m at that stage where I’m trying to figure things out. Your placemats are gorgeous, and I love the texture the basketweave gives them. Merry Christmas, and I hope you have a wonderful new year, filled with many weaving hours!

    1. Hi Beth, I’m looking forward to seeing them on the table! I’ve started the finishing process, examining for errors. They are just about ready to go in the washing machine.

      Merry Christmas to you!
      Karen

    1. Hi Robin, I’m glad you like them! I used a metric 55/10 reed. That comes out to about 13.5 dents per inch. Two doubled ends per dent, so it’s 11 doubled ends per cm, or 27 doubled ends per inch.

      Merry Christmas to you!
      Karen

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