I’m trying something completely different on the loom right now. The GCW exchange this year that arrived at our house was featuring table runners; and one of the runners that came really excited me. It was an M’s and O’s runner with multiple wefts, similar in appearance to a rag rug. I reworked the draft and changed the width so it became appropriate for placemats. The warp is 2/8 natural cotton and there is a lot of it! I am almost at my looms maximum weaving width at 20 inches. The weft is lots of different fibers. Mum and I went through her stash looking at everything that was in the natural, cream, white and brown family. We ended up with some 4/8 cotton, ramie, a soft twist cotton/linen blend, chenille, a shiny brown acrylic and some bumpy and lumpy cotton stuff. With some math I figured out approximately how much weft will be needed for a single placemat. I pull the weft on the warping board in small groups before it gets combined while wound onto the rag shuttle. Before I started to weave I did a dummy run with a thick synthetic yarn to check the threading as I didn’t want to unweave with the funky weft. As I am weaving glimpses of the different wefts peep through the warp; it’s creating a bark like appearance, really lovely. Weaving these placemats is like weaving a little rug, completely different from scarves and I like it! An added bonus is that I’m getting really fast and competent at hem stitching.