A friend of mine asked me to make her some placemats (to replace some plain weave acrylic ones I had made when I first started weaving – oh, my). I had seen this structure in a Weaver’s Craft magazine (Issue 19) and was eager to try it to redeem myself from my previous not-rep-weave project.
The warp threads are intended to be farther apart than in most rep weave to let the thick weft show through. I did this with 8/2 cotton for the thin yarn (warp at 30 epi, and thin weft), and 16/8 (mop) cotton for the thick weft.
It was quite easy and quick. Fortunately, I had warped enough for 5 placemats, as once I had it all off the loom, there was a strange treading error at the beginning of the first one. So, that one is my sample, and the 4 go to my friend. The hemming was pretty easy – there is an inch of plain weave at each end as part of the design, and it just gets folded under twice, and then machine stitched over a thin weft (stitch in the ditch). I machine washed them in cold water, and hand flattened them before machine drying. A steam iron did the rest.
Nice! I”ll do more rep weave!