Summer and Winter is a very versatile draft. This project uses 8/2 cotton yarn for making reversible placemats.
Summer Winter Placemat Pattern
Warp 8/2 Cotton Length 3 yd Sett 18 epi No. Ends 256 Finished Width 12″ Finished Length
Including Fringe 19″
The Summer/Winter draft was threaded in Blocks as shown below.
Summer Winter Weaving Draft
|Block||# Repeats||# Ends|
I wove these placemats as a sampler, varying the treadling between Singles and Pairs.
Each placemat was woven to a length of 18″ on the loom. Handfinishing was done on the loom using Hemstitch finish. Between each placemat, the warp was advanced 2 inches, to allow a fringe.
After weaving, I cut the warp from the loom, and put it through a wash and dry
cycle in my washer. After washing, I ironed the placemats and trimmed the fringes.
Variation: Chenille Towels
Instead of using 8/2 cotton for the weft, you can also try using cotton chenille. In this sample I wove 1450 ypp cotton chenille for the pattern shots of the draft alternating with 8/2 cotton for the tabby shots. I think that this combination would be nice for bath towels.
Hand Weaving Books: Weaving Projects
Mastering Weave Structures
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The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
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