During these weeks of isolation considerable time has been spent in my studio. For the first time in years the loom was warped with threads that had nothing to do with a commission. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed weaving for others, honored by their interest in my work, but like the cobbler whose children had no shoes, I rarely made anything just for me.
What fun it has been to pick random colors from my still vast array and then to spend time at the computer designing a complementary pattern. All together, it has been a wonderful opportunity to explore new ideas.
I have long wanted to make a runner specifically designed for the dining room table. The idea was especially appealing since the room has undergone recent changes influenced by our decision not to move. With a now neutral palette, the chairs and rug have gone from this
Playing off the rug colors, these threads were chosen for the runner. They have different textures and there’s even a little sparkle in some of the gold ones. Though subtle, there are two different weave structures in the stripes.
All finished, the runner is stripes bordered by a few inches of checks to add interest.
Since I like manipulating cloth, it is long enough for a few folds at the end. Topped with my favorite fake flowers, the dining room’s new look is complete.
For you weavers, the runner is woven on 16 harnesses, eight for plain weave and eight for the pattern. It could have been done on 10 or 12, but using all 16 gave increased opportunity for pattern. Considering how long it takes to thread the loom, I like to have as much pattern flexibility as possible. All with experience weaving can understand that!