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Weave-Along 35: The Martha Table Runner

the Martha table runner

The Martha Table Runner is the perfect project for anyone looking to hone their foundational tapestry skills. Stripes may look simple, but they are not as easy as they look! You’ll learn techniques to perfect your use of weft tension, which can fix common tapestry issues such as pulling-in and the sett becoming uneven as you weave. Mastering this project gives you a great technical foundation for tapestry weaving and produces a gorgeous piece of useable art.

For this piece we have engaged the Fibonacci series which is a numerical depiction of patterns that occur in nature. We split the series up with some rectangles for which we will be using the weft interlock technique. Our sample is 14 inches long and 10 inches wide. But with the pattern we will provide, you will be able to make yours at least 24 inches long.

Table runner size: 10" x 14" (with the option to make it up to 24" long)

This table runner was named in memory of Martha (Beck) Parker (1926 - 2022) a daughter of immigrant parents from Ukraine and Poland. She was a student, teacher, therapist, activist, environmentalist and life-long learner. She was also a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, cousin, and friend to many, two-legged and four-legged.

In this weave-along you will learn:
-How to set-up and warp a Mirrix Loom
-Tapestry techniques: Weaving straight lines, weft interlock
-How to finish a table runner

What is a weave-along?
A weave-along is an online course focusing on a specific project. Every Monday for the length of the weave-along participants will get an email with links to instructions for the week ahead that might include downloadable .PDFs, online written content and/or videos. This is not a live event, but does take place over a specific time frame so participants are all working on the same part of the project at generally the same time. Weave-along participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page

What do you need to begin: 
-A Mirrix Loom 16” or larger (contact us if you are planning to weave this on a 48” Loom) You can weave this on an extended shed loom (and will then want extended shed heddles) or a regular shed loom. (Loom needs an 8 dent warp coil.)
-A Martha Table Runner Kit
-A good pair of scissors and a measuring tape 
-A sewing needle and thread for finishing
-Heddles can be purchased separately if you plan to use the shedding device on a loom that has one (optional for this project). We will be demonstrating weaving on a loom with a shedding device on it. 
-A beater (or fork)
-A shuttle (optional) 

Our Holiday Weave-Alongs Loom Starter Package includes a loom, the Martha Table Runner Kit (this weave-along), The Ellen Purse Kit (weave-along 34, which takes place in January) and heddles. The whole package is discounted by 20% for a limited time and can be found here

We are also selling a Holidays 2022 Weave-Along Kit Bundle with The Martha Table Runner Kit (this weave-along) and The Ellen Purse Kit (weave-along 34, which takes place in January.) This bundle is discounted by 20% for a limited time. You can find it here

If you purchase The Ellen Purse Kit or The Martha Table Runner Kit individually, you can choose the colorway. If you purchase the kits as part of a package, the purse kit will be in the Spring colorway and the Table Runner kit will be in the Winter colorway. 

When does the weave-along take place?
Warping: Week of March 6th
Weaving: Week of March 13th
Weaving Week Two: Week of March 20th
Finishing: Week of March 27th 

What if you (or the person you are gifting this kit or loom package to) cannot take part in March?
We will keep all of our weave-along resources live indefinitely so if you are busy during the weave-along, you can always catch up later. We will also make the project available for free download after the weave-along takes place.

How do you get started?
The Martha Table Runner Kit can be purchased here

You will receive a link to sign up for the weave-along inside of the weave-along kit. 

The kit is required to participate in the weave-along.