One of my early weaving goals was to clothe my house in handwovens. And just as we have fancy clothes for special occasions, I like to dress up my house for the holidays with festive and unique table runners and place settings. It’s so easy and such a great way to play with color or weave structures. Generally I go with twills in colors that match the occasion and use warp stripes to draw the eye along the length of the table. It’s fun to throw in some some sparkle to reflect candlelight; a yarn like Gold Rush looks great mixed into the lighter colored stripes and you can vary the glitz by how many ends you use.
Just in time for this holiday season, our new Holiday Runners draft presents two variations to weave beautiful table runners to decorate your home – one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. They are both easy 4-shaft twill patterns and will add a special touch to your home. They are also quick to weave which leads right into one of my other favorite parts of holidays – sharing. I really enjoy weaving for family and friends because I feel connected as I think of them while weaving, and I know they will think of me when they use the finished piece. It’s a way to be present with each other even when we are not in the same place. With that in mind, Barbara wrote the draft with a 5-yard warp so you can make one for your home and one to gift to someone special. There’s even enough yardage to weave a special small mat. We envision it as a place to leave Santa some milk and cookies, but I’m sure you can think of other possibilities – a small gift bag or pillow, perhaps?