Birch Bark Runner
Designed by Jennifer E. Kwong
This textured table runner is woven in plain weave with a supplementary weft and boutonné (pulled loops) throughout the design. The pattern and neutral color palette are inspired by birch trees and winter walks in the woods. Designed with beginner rigid heddle weavers in mind, this project combines a sturdy 3/2 organic cotton warp with a textural cotton slub weft. Order a kit.
Skill level: Beginner
After weaving three wool scarves on my rigid heddle loom it was time to tackle my first cotton project. The instructions were very clear and I can only blame myself for the mistakes made along the way! This cotton was very easy to work with. This runner would make a great gift as it suits many styles of home decor.
I loved the first runner I wove, with black loops, so I made a second with Spice and gave them as gifts. Once I figured out the new to me technique of the double warp and creating loops the project moved along quickly.I have three projects in my Studio to finish then I will make another for myself. Mallo is my favorite fiber. It's a wonderful weight and lovely feel.
I made this runner using yarn in my stash. 6/2 cotton double warp and weft on a 7/5 reed. (Four stranded for the loops) I used white for the runner with dark blue for the loops. Made it for my son and daughter-in-law and took it to them as a surprise in Nevada when I visited. They loved it. In fact, so much, they asked for a matching for the buffet, which I did as soon as I got home. Very easy pattern, ( Has to be as I am a very new weaver, only a year) Looks super when finished. I did run machine stitching down both sides to anchor the loops. I’d recommend this pattern to anyone.
This is a wonderful kit. I loved learning a new technique for making the loops in the supplemental weft and will use it again. I made this as a gift and my friend was very pleased with it. It was also very easy to adjust the length for her table. Mallo yarn is wonderful to work with and I love its texture.
I am enjoying weaving the Birch Bark Runner. Mallo yarn is one of my favorites and it adds beautiful texture to the piece. The pattern instructions are easy to follow.