table setting

A friend of mine requested I make a set of table linens for her sister-in-law’s wedding gift.  She had just moved into a new house, and it took a terrible amount of espionage to come up with a color scheme we thought would work.  She had registered for some place mats, so we used that as a starting point and went for a combination of greens and purples.

Closeup of light green weft napkin

The napkins are 10/2 cotton, sett at 24 epi.  The finished measurement is 20″ square.

Closeup of purple weft napkin

I used a technique I read about in an old handwoven magazine, that suggested winding a warp with 6-8 colors alternating, then when threading, selecting randomly from each set of 6-8.  This method required a back to front loom dressing, which I’m really not set up to do.  So I just wound each color separately and warped front to back, alternating the 7 colors of the warp regularly (rather than randomly).  I think it turned out wonderfully.

Closeup of magenta weft napkin

It was something of a pain to warp the way I did, so I’d only recommend doing this back to front, but still, the results are great.  Every single color of weft thread that I used looked amazing, so I made the napkins in sets of two, and I even had enough warp left on the loom to make one extra as a breadwarmer.  Oh, can you tell by the photos that I love my bird napkin rings?

Closeup of black weft napkin

The table runner is also 10/2 cotton, striped randomly, but mirrored so it would be symmetrical.  I used a black 5/2 cotton for the weft to give it a little bit of weight.  Originally I thought I’d have a fringe, but I thought that the hemmed edge would continue to look nice and neat no matter how many times the set gets washed, so hemmed it was.

Closeup of table runner

I like the runner, but it’s not as fun as the napkins.  All together though, it makes for a very charming table setting.

Full table setting