Valerie Musselman

The limitations on everyday life caused by the pandemic has motivated me to spend more time weaving in varied ways. The placemats were commissioned by my son and his bride for their June wedding. They chose the palette and the block design. The plans for the big wedding were scrapped for a much smaller, socially distanced affair. After they were complete, I just kept on going.  All of these pieces were woven in 2020
 
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Covid Wedding Placemats

6 placemats: 12.5" w x 19.5" l

1 table runner 12.5" w x 40" l

Rep weave. Four shaft two block patterning.  No two placemats or the runner are treadled in the same block sequence. The tie-up was changed to achieve this design variation.

Warp: 5/2 mercerized cotton warp. Weft: 8/16 unmercerized cotton doubled for thick weft and 10/2 mercerized cotton for thin weft.

 

The second photo is how they were packaged to give to the couple. Card woven band to match and placed in a birch and cherry serving tray made by my husband.

 

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Rep Tote Bag and Runner

Tote bag: 12" w x 3" d x 15" h

Table runner: 12.5" w x 30.5" l

Rep weave.  Same set up as the wedding placemats but different colors and block arrangement.  The runner was designed with colors to go in our cabin up north.  I also wanted a tote bag made from rep weave. So I wove extra length in rep, then added about 24" of warp faced plain weave using just the fine weft to use for the sides, strap, and closure of the bag. The bag has a magnetic snap closure with a decorative walnut button. It is lined with commercial batik cloth and has an interior zippered pocket. Pattern for the bag is my own.

Warp: 5/2 mercerized cotton warp. Weft: 8/16 unmercerized cotton doubled for thick weft and 10/2 mercerized cotton for thin weft.

 

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Is There a Polite Way to Remind Others to Follow Pandemic Rules?

1.75" w x 19" l

Card woven in double faced technique. 32 cards, 24 pattern cards with 4 border cards on each side. The text portion of the pattern was published by Linda Hendrickson in the Summer 2020 issue of TWIST magazine (https://www.tabletweavers.org/).  The hand motif was adapted from Linda Hendrickson's book Double Faced Tablet Weaving: 50 Designs From Around the World

Warp is 5/2 cotton. The weft is 10/2 cotton. 4 hole cards were used on a warp weighted table top card weaving loom.

 

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