Warp-face Rep weave (ripsmatta, ripsi) is a weave structure that uses 2 weights of weft yarn, a thick and a thin yarn, woven in tabby, to create a horizontal ribbed design. In a true warp-faced rep, the warp is sett very closely. When woven, the entire weft is covered.
In these hemp placemats, I have used a looser sett, allowing the thick weft to show through. This adds an additional design element to the placemats. The placemats are woven using 2 coloured yarns, alternating in the threading. When woven in tabby, this creates a reversible placemat of different colours.
- Colour 1: 100 grams 720 ypp 3 ply dyed hemp (Red)
- Colour 2: 200 grams 720 ypp 3 ply dyed hemp (Burgundy)
- Natural: 100 grams 1500 ypp 3 ply natural hemp
Warp Length: 4 yd
No. Ends: 150
Sett: 10 epi
The borders on the placemats are approx. 2 inches in width. Use Colour 1 & Colour 2 alternating in the threading.
Colour 1 – 10 ends (Red)
Colour 2 – 10 ends (Burgundy)
The warp for the Centre of the placemats uses Colour 2 and a natural hemp yarn.
Colour 2 – 54 ends
Natural – 54 ends
For the thick weft, you can use a thick cotton mop yarn. Or you can combine several 8/2 cotton or cotton chenille yarns together. These can all be the same colour, or for different colour effects, try mixing several different colours. For the thin weft, use either 1 strand of 8/2 cotton or 20/2 cottolin.
Weave in Tabby with 2 shuttles, alternating between thick and thin wefts, to create a ribbed weave effect.
Cut the finished warp from the loom and zig-zag stitch the ends to prevent fraying. Wash in warm water and machine dry.
Iron the warp and then cut the placemats to 18″ lengths. Sew bias tape to finish the edges.
Hand Spinning Hemp with a Distaff
Hand Weaving Books
The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials