Another set of hand-woven and -stitched items from my teenage years...
and I cannot believe I have so far overlooked these very frequently used items in my documentation process! :O
To the best of my memory, this is probably my very first handwoven project on the big floor loom... I expect Mum suggested these as a good beginner's project before moving onto a more complex project; like the serviettes* I featured in the previous post, with an in-woven pattern.
A set of six placemats in the rag-rug style. Each measures 40cm x 24cm.
They are woven in a plain weave, with a blue cotton warp. The weft was made of three different blue cotton fabrics; two plain cottons and one fine-wale corduroy. These fabrics were cut into thin strips, the ends spliced and lightly hand-tacked together to make a continuous strip.
The tops and bottoms were finished off by hand-stitching a loop around each and every warp thread and into the weaving, the warp trimmed and then the ends folded under twice and stitched into hems.
These have been in solid rotation for twenty-five odd years although we haven't really used them as much in the past coupla years. This is not because they are fragile, oh no! the rag-rug is a super long-lifed type of fabric; super tough and hard-wearing and able to withstand a pretty heavy-duty lifestyle! More just our laziness, not going and getting them out of the linen cupboard as often as we used to, I guess :)
*btw, I decided to eliminate rants from my blog a while back, but just quickly: anyone who wishes to anonymously "correct" my Australian English and lecture me on the "proper" words to use when describing my handmade items, how about this: instead of trolling, maybe you could appreciate that other countries and cultures might sometimes use different words from your own. As well as broadening your mind, you might just learn something new every once in a while :)
Phew! Rant is over and good nature has now been restored!