Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Yep, you read that right. Place mats. I've been commissioned to make custom place mats for a friend of my mother-in-law. She has a set of sturdy cotton place mats that she's had for twenty years, but the colors are all wrong for her current decor. She gave me this swatch and asked me to make place mats to match it. I spent a good two hours with Suzanne, the owner of Hill Country Weavers, matching the yarn and calculating how much is needed of each color. The colors to the left will be the most dominant and those on the right will be accents, just like the swatch. The swatch is a plaid and the place mats will be more of an asymmetrical stripe. What do you think?
It's doubtful that I will get to this project any time soon, but I couldn't wait to share it with you. The brown and gray houndstooth scarf that I showed you at the end of April is still on the loom. I've had two bad bouts with poison ivy in the past two months, the second which had my eyes swollen shut. Between these episodes I've been catching up on work and haven't had as much time for weaving.
I had a vague idea a few months ago that I might try to complete all 100 scarves within a year, which would mean making 38 more scarves by August 1st. I don't think that is going to happen, and I'm okay with that. Besides, place mats do not count as scarves and I do want to prioritize this project.