MELODIE USHER     Artist     Weaver

Some of the Placemat Design Options
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Day 1
Lectures about what Rep weave is, how to design Rep Weave placemats and how to convert overshot patterns to Rep weave will start the class.  After examining and discussing samples students will choose designs and learn how to create a rep weave warp using their chosen design and how to alter it to work with their fabric colors.  The process for making the thick weft from their fabric will be explained and the process will be started in class. 

Day 2
Weaving will start with demonstrations of how to start the beginning hem area of the placemat and how to weave the thick and thin rep weave structure with proper selvedge technique.  How to create the end header of each placemat and how to start the next placemat will also be demonstrated.

Day 3
Weaving will continue and lessons will be given on how to convert the placemat design to a runner and how to finish the placemats after they are removed from the loom.

Day 1
- 1 full bolt of 100% cotton fabric (approximately 8 yards long by 44" wide).  Quilting fabric works very well.  Poor quality fabric will not work well.  This is a good time to use a coupon from your fabric store or it's website.  Choose any color solid or print  that speaks to you.  It is best to avoid obvious geometric designs.  Solid colors and small prints are the easiest to work with.  Depending upon which placemat design you choose very little of the fabric will be visible.  It is the color not the pattern of the fabric that will show.  Please launder the fabric in hot water before class.  You DO NOT need to iron the fabric.  Just throw the fabric into a bag after washing.
-At least 4 cones (1/2 pound) of 8/4 cotton rug warp in colors to match your fabric.  Two cones should be the same or very close in color.  The simplest design contains only two colors with good contrast between them.  I can supply rug warp to purchase. 
-Two empty shopping bags to hold fabric strips
-Ruler and tape measure
-Washable marking pen or chalk
-Sewing thread to match fabric
-Sewing needles
-One stick, rag or ski shuttle to hold thick fabric
-Note taking supplies

Days 2 and 3
-Warped four or eight shaft loom using either a 10 shaft or a 12 dent reed
-Normal weaving supplies
-Boat shuttle with two bobbins
-Permanent washable fabric glue (you can find this at a craft or fabric store)
-An old towel to protect warp while using glue
-Blue painter's tape (any width)

Irons and ironing boards
Projector for power point presentation
Bobbin winders