Those mats you place under a hot dish to protect your table?
You grab that green bean casserole out of the oven and take it to the table.....uh-oh....it's too hot to put on the table!!!!
Do you call it a trivet? According to Webster, a trivet is a short legged stand for hot dishes to rest on. So, if it has legs, it's a trivet.
Regardless of what it is called, Tina and I thought woven mats would be a good project for next year's class at Townsend. So, we brainstormed four different kinds of mini-rugs that could be woven by someone with little or NO weaving experience.
When I bought my rug loom, John, he had a warp already wound. It didn't take too long for me to realize that you just treadled a straight twill and that lovely design would pop right up.
It did take me awhile to find out that this was the Hollywood Rug pattern in Meany and Pfaff's Rag Rug Handbook.
This winter, Tina modified the threading to make a set of place mats: http://farmsteadstudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/check-list.html
Once that idea was planted in my mind, that's all I could think about!!!! I worked out the threading on WeaveDesign and thought that it would have to be threaded front to back. Uh-oh....I don't do that! Since Tina was out of town, we'd just have to wait until she came back......but I just couldn't wait!
You might call this problem solving....or you could call it just being bull headed! Yes....there are two sets of lease sticks!!!! (I wound the black and white warps separately.)
I think I will have to put on my big girl panties and learn to thread front to back....'cause this was such a fun project to weave!!!!!
The four yard practice warp yielded seven mats. Now I just need to cut them apart and hem the ends. Then they'll be ready to grace a table....I'm thinking a skillet of corn bread would be a good test!
So........what do YOU call those mats????
Enjoy this Spring day!