Every now and again I come across another handmade item in my house that I have not yet documented on my blog here...
This is a set of serviettes, handwoven by me! Yes, I have dabbled in weaving, in a very very minor way, hehe.
I made these when I was about nineteen, before I was married and when I was still living at home with my family. My mother had, and still has today actually, a big floor loom on which she made many beautiful things. I made a few things on it too.
These serviettes are woven in a plain weave in blue cotton, with decorative rows in white cotton. These were based on a traditional Scandinavian design, and required some rather complicated setting up, threading and manipulation of the heddles.
I think the reverse is almost as nice as the right side... I remember dithering for a while on which side I should designate the "right" side :)
I remember I made calculations for a set of six, but I must have allowed plenty of room for error since I ended up with a long enough warp to squeeze in one extra, giving me a set of seven. Each of the seven serviettes was woven to size and then a spacer was inserted before starting the next one. Once I had taken the woven cloth off the loom, I hand-finished the top and bottom of each serviette by stitching loops around each and every thread of the warp and into the weft, one by one...
Can I just pause for a mo' and say here... I have to admit that even I am kinda super impressed at how dedicated and meticulous my teenage self was. I don't know if I am even capable of the patience required for this sort of immaculate finishing nowadays.... :S
Finally I cut them apart, then turned under the top and bottom twice and hand-hemmed. The selvedges at the side I left just as is with no further finishing, since I had gone to so much care to have them looking perfect, ahem.
Each measures 32x30cm.
These were used on a semi-regular basis early in our marriage and even when the kiddies were little but now I keep them for special occasions only :)