The washing of the placemats was a bit of a process because the dye ran so I am thankful that the warp and weft were the same 2/8 cotton in teal. I washed the sets of placemats in groups of two so that they got the same treatment within the same set. I was also able to take my time to block the placemats.
The pressing sucked because of all the issues that I have with the placemats. The sets are all the same size within the pairs but there was shrinking issues with all the placemats. The areas of huck lace shrunk in width and length more than the areas of plain weave. So the placemats all have wrinkles in them that all the steam pressing in the world can’t get out. The size of the placemats after washing and pressing are 17” x 14” which are a very good size for placemats, if anything they are a little too big. The pattern on the above placemat is really pretty. I like the strong diagonals across the placemat yet when looking closer circles are the dominant structure. With the second set of placemats the centre panel is all over huck lace and had the greatest amount of shrinkage. The third set of placemats has more of a lattice appearance. And is a little boring when compared to the other sets. I wove these placemats for sale and I’m unable to sell them because of the wrinkles. Even if I was able to get the wrinkles out by pressing, once the placemats were washed the wrinkles would be back and that is not acceptable. So now I have to come up with an idea to use the placemats in a creative way. I don’t really want to add more material costs or time with these placemats as they are not a high cost item so if I can’t come up with something in the next couple weeks I will be throwing them out. And that is really hard to say but it is necessary in a business sense.
I'm still searching for a reliable placemat pattern, so far every one that Mom and I have tried have had issues....any ideas?