I put on 6 yards of mercerized cotton to make 2 runners, the first for myself and the second with a yellow weft is a possible exchange runner. I am the Exchange Coordinator for the GCW (Guild of Canadian Weavers) and this year the exchange premise is – ‘send one runner and get one’. There is a minimum size but no other criteria, so anyone out there interested please go http://www.thegcw.org/ and check us out, plenty of time to join into the exchange!
I wove a hem of sewing cotton to minimize the bulkiness of the turn under and also wove a border on both runners.
Seems like a good time to share my method of finishing; this is how I ensure that the runner is an even width for the entire length. I measured the runner and came up with the average width, then put masking tape on my ironing board with the runner width between.
As I give the runner the first press I gently move the runner to fit the template width. If it’s too small I press from the centre out, if it’s too large I spray with water and push it smaller then press to size.
To make sure that I don’t pull the runner long in the center and out of square I use any straight edge about every foot or so to ensure I don’t press any smiles or frowns into my piece.
I find a line or a pattern on the weaving to measure against.
The green runner was 97” long and 19-7/8” wide off loom and 96” long and 17-1/2” wide after washing. Not much warp shrinkage and I think that the Spring Loom is the reason; because the front beam moves forward with every shed change the warp is never pulled too tight, so minimal shrinkage!
Chenille is the French word for caterpillar, it looks very much like it’s namesake.