Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pictoral Tutorial - Weaving placemats and napkins on the same warp

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that Sue Habegger used to sell placemats and matching napkins using a technique in which the placemats are on a dense warp of 30epi and the napkins are woven on the same warp at 15epi by using half the warp threads for the upper layer and half for the lower layer. 
Here is the process in pictures and the weaving draft is here. (4th draft from top)

Cones of cotton yarn for warp
Warp being wound on warping reel
Warp set up on loom - sleying the reed
Keeping the warp under control

Heddle threading half way done

Warp beam down for access to heddles
Warp wound on the warp beam
Tying warp to front beam
Placemat weaving begins
Layers separated for napkins (note one shuttle for each layer)
Close up of the two layers for napkins
Finished napkins and matching placemats.


Beryl Moody said...

I've updated the draft that is linked in this post. The one I had originally posted, would work, but Sue had used another technique which sounds better. She wove two shots of the top layer for the first napkin and two shots with the top layer lifted out of the way for the bottom layer. Using this technique she didn't have to change her shuttle on every shot.

Helga Jossen said...