Rebeaming" post, I had SO much trouble getting this project on the loom and ready to go. First I had the beaming issues, where I also had several warp threads break, I miscounted heddles and ran short, and then I had beating issues... UGH.
Finally, with the help of weaving instructors from Handwoven Magazine, I discovered that the problem with the beating was that a table loom cannot beat in firmly, as this pattern required. So, I ended up with my EPI (ends per inch) being half what the original pattern called for. After staring at it for a long time (and ignoring it for longer), I came to the conclusion that there was no way in H-E-double-chopsticks I was going to undo all and scrap the project. So I recalculated the repeats based on my EPI, and hoped it would come out in an acceptable placemat-like size. As you can see, it did! Here is the cloth beam just as I was finishing. So rewarding to have a nice hefty roll of cloth that you made yourself!
I was so enamored with doubleweave after my previous project, my Stadium Cushion, that I just HAD to try another project. These are reversible, one side of the weaving is white with yellow stripes and one side is blue with yellow stripes. As you switch the layers, the colors reverse positions. It's so much fun to do. Hard to describe, but trust me. Here is a shot of the back side of the placemat, blue dominant.
So cool. But I'm ahead of myself. Let me tell you a little bit more about how I finished them. After I fixed all my issues and finished weaving four placemats, I was left with a long stretch of fabric that looked like this:
I learned more on this project than any other to this day. All my headaches were certainly worth it and I'm happy to say I didn't give up!