So these placemats were my final weaving project at school (Spring '10). I had wanted to make placemats the whole year I took weaving, but I could never finagle a project's requirements into a placemat. I'm not much into the "art" aspect of weaving. I am much more enamored with the idea of creating a textile, a usable piece of cloth, when cloth is such a basic element of everyday life. To me, creating cloth is like creating wood or water. It's totally magical.
I don't even remember what the assignment was... I think it was something general like "use techniques from this semester." I think I may have just said to my professor, "I really want to make placemats. So I'm going to."
I also don't really remember the details of weaving this. I wove on a four harness jack loom. I think it's cotton? It looks similar to the yarn I bought a couple weeks ago, which is 8/4 cotton carpet warp. I got the pattern from The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, which is probably my favorite weaving resource. The whole thing took about 20 hours from warp board to cutting off, but when I finally got weaving, each placemat only took about 45 minutes. I wove four of them and had enough warp for at least two more, but by then it was 3AM the night before the final, and I wasn't staying haha. Very glad I wasn't paying for that yarn!
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Close up of the pattern. You can also just barely see that my warp and weft yellows are very slightly different. I ran out of the warp yellow and had to improvise.
Another shot of the pattern. My favorite part is actually the red on red block.
Outdoor shot for a more accurate look at the color. I never realized how wonky my edges are!