Sunday, January 20, 2013

Starting a new year . . . . . . .

Here are the log cabin placemats in progress on the loom.  In contrast to the warping prep and stringing the loom for this project, the mats weave up very quickly.  Very satisfying!

They are all woven and off the loom now.  All that remains is to stitch the ends.  I do this finishing step on the sewing machine to save time and to give them a secure finished hemline.  I hope to have them listed in the shop early this next week.  There will be a set of four available for sale.

Notice the cardboard pieces sticking out on the roll of woven placemats.  This is an easy and accurate way to measure the space between mats, coasters or any multiple project pieces on the loom.  It also gives you the correct length for the fringe for each piece as you weave.  Cut 1 inch strips of light weight cardboard, repurposed cereal or cracker boxes are just the perfect weight.  Then you simply weave in the correct fringe length of the mat that you have just finished plus the fringe length of the next mat that you will weave.  Continue weaving and filling in the fringe strips until you have finished all your mats.  When you take these weavings off of the loom cut between the appropriate strips and you will have beautifully straight fringes cut to the perfect length every time!

The beginning of a new year always sends me into an inspired burst of list making!  I guess I am making resolutions but they take the form of sketches, rewritten versions of last year's lists and promises to finish half-worked projects.  I love the feeling of starting fresh, giving myself permission to abandon work that isn't working and going down new paths.

Make your lists, your plans, your resolutions.  It is 2013! 

1 comment:

  1. Inspiring post. Must get busy!!! January is nearly over already.