Tee Shirt to Table: Weft-Faced Placemats

About Tee Shirt to Table: Weft-Faced Placemats

Learning to weave or reviewing basic skills is even more fun when you can make an exciting project. These placemats are a wonderful way to turn old tee shirts into beautiful, functional home accessories. During the first session, we will discuss tips for overcoming any challenges in warping the loom. Deborah will discuss putting on a wide warp, managing a long warp, and tips for even tension. And reviewing the basics is a good thing if you've been away from your loom for a while. You'll learn how to efficiently cut the tee shirts to make yarn-like strips to weave with. In the second session, we will weave the placemats and Deborah will demonstrate how to cut the two placemats apart and finish the ends. You'll practice weaving even edges, adding new wefts, changing colors, and learn many tips for good weaving. Although the placemats are made on a 15" loom, you can make hot pads if your loom is more narrow.

The capacity for this class is 22 students.

Class Materials Needed

• Rigid heddle loom with at least 15" weaving width
• Warping peg, threading/sley hook, 10 dent reed, clamps
• Shuttles, scissors, sewing thread and needle
• Warp yarn: 450 yards 8/2 cotton
• 3 - 5 tee shirts in coordinating colors. The tee shirts should have matching fiber content (100% cotton or 50% cotton, 50% polyester) so that they all shrink at the same rate. Tee shirts without side seams are preferable, but not mandatory.

Pre-class Homework

• Pre-wash the tee shirts in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.
• Print handout.
• Warp your loom according to the instructions in the handout through the bottom of page 6. If you have any questions about this, please message or email me.

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner - students should be able to warp the loom on their own prior to class.

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The class will meet for two 2-hour live online sessions on Saturday, March 23, at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 14:00 UTC and 3 pm ET | 12 pm PT | 19:00 UTC.

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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Tee Shirt to Table: Weft-Faced Placemats
Deborah Jarchow

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Deborah Jarchow

Deborah Jarchow

Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver, author, designer, and artist who has exhibited at galleries and museums across the country winning numerous awards. She travels from her Arizona home sharing weaving enthusiasm and expertise. As a nationally recognized teacher, Deborah is known as a generous educator who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels. For the past several years, she’s focused on rigid heddle weaving and creating exciting pieces using simple looms. Deborah co-authored The Weaving Explorer (Storey Publishing, 2019) and wrote her new book Rigid Heddle Weaving the Basics and Beyond (Ashford Handicrafts LTD, 2022) which is available from Ashford dealers. Visit Deborah’s website at www.deborahjarchow.com/.

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region. Although MAFA is best known for its biennial conference - and now for virtual programs - the all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization also provides ongoing financial grants, fellowships and scholarships to promote education, development and public outreach in the fiber arts. Find out more about MAFA at https://mafafiber.org/.

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