These napkins were inspired by the colours in my kitchen/family room, and remind me of spices: turmeric, cayenne and nutmeg. I intend to weave luncheon size napkins and they are 18” x 18” on the loom. I saw the colour and weave draft on Pinterest, and the source of the draft for the colour and weave section is found on Handweaving.net: Figure 108, A Manual of Weave Construction, Ivo Kastanek, 2 shaft, 2 treadle.
For these napkins I used the colour and weave draft for the first half of the warp, and for the second half of the warp I used the same number of threads of each colour to create colour blocks. When woven, I treadled in plain weave following the colour order of the warp. (I added a one inch hem on each end of each napkin). This gives me a square napkin with one quadrant showing the colour and weave pattern, one quadrant with horizontal stripes, one quadrant with vertical stripes and the final quadrants with colour blocks. Although I wove all four napkins the same way, the changing colours kept it interesting.
Measure Warp: 18” wide, 20 e.p.i., 4 yards long (320 ends)
Colour order: Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 3, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Yellow 1.
repeat above 9 more times, then
Cayenne 110, Yellow 10, Brown 40
Size on loom: approx 18” wide x 20” woven (includes 1” hem on each end)
Finished size: 15” wide x 15” long after washing and hemming
Reed: 12 dent reed
Sett: 18 ends per inch
# of warp ends: 320
Sley: 2/1 in a 12 dent reed
Picks per inch: 18 p.p.i.