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My second weaving project

Posted by mobarger on May-13-2013

Last month I decided on my second weaving project: a set of placemats to give my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. I worked out my yarn requirements and the pattern I would use. I decided on Cascade Ultra Pima for the yarn.

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On a nice day in late April, I decided the deck made the best warping board and proceeded to measure out the yarn.

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This was the first time I had ever warped the loom by myself. Mistakes were made. Tangles ensued. It somehow worked out.

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I was soon on my way.

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It didn’t take long and I was done. Four placemats, good to go. I just had to weave in all the ends. It turned out that one skein of the Ultra Pima worked well as the weft with some leftover, but if I kept it to one skein per placemat I had no other ends to weave in but the beginning and the end.

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I hemstitched each end with some rayon thread. Those ends had to be woven in too! And the fringe! Trimming fringe is hard!

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I soaked them in hot water and threw then in the dryer for about 30 minutes. I checked them about every 10 minutes to make sure they somehow hadn’t unraveled. The yarn bloomed as I hoped it would and nothing let loose.

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I really like how they turned out.

I am almost ready for my next project. I am thinking rug.

Set of 4 placemats
Yarn: 8 Skeins Cascade Ultra Pima Fine: 6 Sage, 1 Peach, 1 Natural
I used a 10″ reed.
Woven size: 17.25″x14″
Finished size: 16″ x 13″
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