Placemat Exchange
September 2018 to June 2019

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Back in May I reported on a set of placemats that I had made for an exchange in our guild. We started with 14 people but ended up with 11 who completed their placemats. I actually wove 16 so have some spares.


Here are the six patterns that I wove - be sure to enlarge to see the busy patterns. The design on the left was a modification of one by Alice Schlein. The other five were designs by Ingrid Boesel who passed away just as I was starting work on them.
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On June 6th we gathered for the exchange at the home of Norma Dean, our study group leader.

All of the placemats were woven on twill threadings. We took turns explaining how we chose our drafts and colours.

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Some of Norma's place mats. These are eight shaft twills in several treadlings and colours.

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Lois had done lots of variations on four shafts.

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Pat used several colours and treadlings for her four-shaft mats.

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Kuni's were all the same block treadling on four shafts in two colours.

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Rita's were eight-shaft "M's & O's" in three colours and two treadlings.

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Heather usually weaves handspun blankets, so 2/8 cotton and eight shafts were was a new experience for her. She did well using two colours and a couple of treadlings.

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Barb was experimenting with eight shafts too. She did several colour and treadling variations.

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Karla is a new weaver, but you wouldn't know it! She used a complicated eight shaft undulating threading, which gave her a complex pattern with simple treadlings.

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Marjorie did four shaft samplers in several colour combinations.

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Lisa also used several colours and treadlings on a simple four shaft threading.

At the time of the exchange none of the placemats had been "wet finished". We each took home the mats we received to wash and press with our own equipment so that we had a better chance of them all coming out the same size.

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Norma, Barb, Heather and I were all attending the ANWG conference, so we decided to enter some of our mats in the conference exhibits. Here they are after wet finishing, two made by each of us.

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This is how they were displayed at the conference.

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We were happy to be awarded the prize for woven items matching the conference theme of Convergences.

The prize was donated by the Skagit Valley Weavers Guild, and the pretty ribbons were made by the Tzouhalem Guild from Duncan..

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For the exchange 11 paper grocery bags were put on a table and we all put one in each bag. Then numbers were drawn to determine who got which bag.

Here is the set of placemats that I ended up with. From left to right, made by Heather, Kuni, Rita, Lois, Norma, Karla, Pat, Barb, Marjorie, me, and Lisa.

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At our annual pot luck lunch on June 24th eight of us were able to attend and display our placemats for the rest of the guild.

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One table wasn't big enough for all of them.

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From the other end of the table. The pile in the centre is the set that won the prize at ANWG.

It was easy to see that everyone ended up with a different set!

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