Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The table runner is finished

This weekend I was bound and determined to finish the woven table runner for my SIL's.  I wanted to get that baby off my loom so it could have a nice soak, dry and be ready to ship today.  Hooray I accomplished my goal, finishing up at the very end of the last World Cup game, which was an exciting one especially if you are a Germany fan (which I am not, I was pulling for The Netherlands).

So here it is in all it's glory.


My table is 65 inches wide with the expander in so this table runner ended up being about 66 inches long including the fringe.  The woven area is 15 inches wide and 51 inches long.
 
  
My SIL's table is much less wide than mine so this should fit nicely with an inch or two of the woven area and the fringe lying off the table.

  
Made from 750 yards of Berroco Boboli Lace in the color 4352.   I was going for 16 inches wide, so I was a bit off there and I was actually going for a bit longer, but I ran out of yarn so this is the way it ended up and I really like it.  I think it will be perfect on their dark oak table.

 
Now it is all wrapped up and shipped out to Door Co. Wisconsin, where they live during the summer, in a beautiful home right on Lake Michigan. 

I have learned a few things with this project and my last project made with the same yarn.  Wool tends to catch on itself and you will have to watch your sides when you put the shuttle through, they wear down and split apart or make a wobbly edge.  Picking a beautiful multicolored yarn lets the yarn create its own unique pattern, let the yarn work for you, don't try and make the yarn work, if that makes any sense at all.  Your edges might look a bit shaky while you are weaving, but when the whole project is done you don't notice them if they are not perfect.  Putting a hemming stitch on both ends prevents a big disaster, like I had with the purple shawl I completely had to take apart when my ends pulled the whole shawl wonky.  And last but not least, there is going to be a lot of yarn waste, that just happens with weaving so I better not worry that I am not using every precious inch of beautiful yarn.

Now I am determined to finish my gray crochet shawl.  After that I am going to be very stern with myself and get those pink summer sweaters done, before summer turns to fall. 

Hope you are having a great day.

51 comments:

Home Meadows said...

Beautifully done, it's a great gift and I'm sure your SIL will love it. Have a wonderful day, Heather

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful!!! I am sure that your SIL will love it. I don't know if the yarn is soft enough, but it looks so lovely that I would want to wear it as a shawl or wrap, never mind giving it to the table to wear! xx

Kris said...

Beautiful Meredith! She will love it!!
XO Kris

Teresa said...

Beautiful! She is going to love it. The colors go so well with everything.
It feels like fall here. Only about 61 degrees with a slight breeze. The skies keep spitting, but so far no rain. We could really use it. The ground is cracking.
I hope you have a great day. Hugs, Teresa

Vera said...

The runner is gorgeous Meredith! Congratulations on a fabulous finish.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Oh I love the table runner! It is perfect and the variegate color scheme is brilliant, Very lucky SIL.
Great job Meredith! xoRobin

RedSetter said...

Meredith you are a lady who never stops! This runner is absolutely beautiful and your SIL will be delighted with it and treasure it for the love and work that went into it.

Una said...

That is gorgeous and the close-up photo shows all the stunning detail.

Pammy Sue said...

Oh, it's just gorgeous, Meredith! The colors are beautiful for anytime of year. It's a beautiful gift!

Betsy said...

Oh my goodness Meredith. That runner is gorgeous!!! Your SIL's will cherish it for the rest of their lives. What a blessing you are to the people in your life. I so hope we can meet someday so I can tell you that in person.
Blessings,
Betsy

Chris said...

Love love love the colours! What an awesome table runner, hey as someone earlier commented you could wear it too! Wow imagine that coming in the mail, your sil will be thrilled. I have never tried weaving and found your thoughts very interesting. Put it on my list !

cockney blonde said...

That table runner is absolutely stunning. You've made a fab job of it. I just know your SiL will love it, x

mamasmercantile said...

It is a real delight, just stunning gift that anyone would love it is beautiful. Good luck with your summer knitting.

Christina said...

This is simply beautiful! Cx

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Meredith

I am impressed with your table runner. Your SIL is going to be delighted with it! Truly lovely colours which are quite striking against your attractive table and chairs.
I do like wood.....wood has such a warm home feeling to it!

Lake Michagan! I was duly impressed with that lake when I was visiting my daughter in Chicago a few years back more so than Chicago itself.

keep well

Amanda x

kathyinozarks said...

Just beautiful Meredith-I love the yarn you chose-very pretty and the reciever will love it

andamento said...

It's beautiful, a lovely gift. The colours are gorgeous. I also like your table!

Nana Go-Go said...

What I would give for a view from my dining room like yours!!Beautiful work on the runner - sumptious colours for an oak table. Thank you for popping over to mine and leaving such a lovely comment.It's a real honour to 'know' you, Mer. xxx

Maureen said...

The table runner looks great! Lucky SIL!

Ingrid Kopka said...

Hi! I love how it has turned out, absolutely stunning! Well done!

ingrid

Jo said...

Totally gorgeous of course. Jo x

linda said...

Well done Meredith, it's absolutely beautiful and your SIL is going to love it. :)

gilly said...

Oh wow, you're so clever - it's just beautiful and I'm sure your SIL will love it. And if not, I would gladly give it a loving home! ;-) Weaving is still on my lists of things I'd like to try, so hopefully one day I'll learn. Well done you... Hugs xx

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your table runner is just lovely Meredith and could also be used as a shawl!! Fantastic colors.
Very nice old oak table too!! Tiger claw base??? I have one in the attic and I cringe at the thought of the condition when I do take it down. Mine has the tiger claw feet and tiger's head!!

Joyful said...

You've done a beautiful job and I'm sure your SIL will love it!

brsmaryland said...

The table runner is beautiful! It's been so fun to watch you learn how to weave. Thanks for taking us along on the journey :-)

kathy b said...

what a fantastic table runner. MERE you are a talent.
Im going to be stern about my vest front tonight

Joy said...

The table runner has turned out beautifully Meredith, what a fantastic job you've done with it: gosh, you are such a talented and inspiring girl and your SIL is SURE to LOVE it. The colours in that yarn are so gorgeous too and would match up with all types of decor, well done my dear!
Big hugs, Joy xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It is beautiful Meredith! Love the colors. Lucky SIL!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Wow, it's gorgeous, and as you say the yarn creates its own beautiful pattern. The proportions are beautiful too - it will look great on a dark oak table.

I imagine weaving is NOT something you can do while watching TV.... :)

Carla from The River said...

Well done...and shipped to Wisconsin. How fun. :-)
xx oo

Lynne said...

I'm impressed with this process that starts with yarn and turns into a beautiful piece of fabric. The colors are really pretty! Well done Meredith!!!
Lynne

Pradeepa said...

Beautifully done, Meredith! The colors are gorgeous.

Teresa Kasner said...

Meredith.. that weaving is simply beautiful! You need to make one like it for your own table. You're so generous. If I made something like that it would be hard to part with it. I'm happy you got it done on time and in the mail.. what a wonderful sense of accomplishment you must feel!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Susanne said...

That table runner is way too pretty to lay it out on a table, lol. I love the way the colors just fit so nicely in a pattern that is pleasing to the eye, love the colors too. I read through your previous posts and love how you have your yarn stash arranged. I am so out of the loop with blog reading. It seems this summer is especially busy. I have decided to hire a lawn care company to come and trim my landscaping shrubs this summer. It has been 2 years since any serious clipping has been done. I just didn't get to it last year and here we are in the middle of summer and I still haven't had time to do any of it. Hope all is well with Little Buddy and the rest of your family.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

CJ said...

It's really lovely, your sister-in-law will no doubt adore it. I'll look forward to seeing what goes on that loom next. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. CJ xx

gaia said...

Lovely table runner....

Elisabeth D said...

Really lovely work Meredith! Such a beautiful gift for your SIL xx

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

What a beautiful table runner - I love the colours. Umm, a knitted table runner in those colours would look good on my table too - seeing other people's work always gives me inspiration! Thanks for sharing
Caz xx

Clare said...

Wow Meredith it's so beautiful I'm sure she will be thrilled with it, love the way the colours have come out.
Clare

Jennifer said...

It's so beautiful. What an accomplishment. She will love it!

Judy S. said...

It's gorgeous, Mere! Your SIL is one lucky gal. Great job!

elns said...

It's beautiful Mere. A lovely gift. :)

Caffeine Girl said...

That is so beautiful. What a great use for Boboli. I love the yarn, but it is pretty scratchy. The colorway you picked is so colorful and cheery. What a great gift.

Dee said...

That turned out beautiful. I love the mix of colors.

Congrats on the big finish.

Acorn to Oak said...

The table runner turned out really nice. It's interesting....I think that's the same yarn I have a couple balls of and have been thinking of weaving with. I'll have to check the name and see. It might even be the same color. :-)

EMMA said...

Hi Meridith
We've been away so I'm only now catching up with blogs - Happy Belated 50th - gosh you look so young!! and Congratulations on having Little Buddy officially part of your family.
Your table runner is beautiful!!

Babajeza said...

It looks great on the dark wood table. Beautiful work. :-)

Linda Powell said...

This is so rustic and unique, I love it. It's going to look fabulous on your SIL's dark oak table and will be the perfect size too. Well done on getting it finished xx

Toni said...

Beautiful!!!

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

oh my gosh it is so beautiful, you must be really really proud of this :)
Jillxo