Swedish Weaving Placemat and Napkin

By  Linda Wyszynski 

approx. finished size: placemat 17"x13"; napkin 15-1/2"x15-1/2"

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  • 66”x20” Stockholm Christmas Red Huck Fabric (Zweigart)
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (704, 996) (DMC)
  • #22 Tapestry Needle

Pattern - Swedish Weaving Placemat and Napkin

  • Prepare Fabric for Stitch
  • 1. Cut each placemat 18"x14" (follow cutting diagram) and each napkin 16-1/2"x16-1/2". On backside of fabric, fold over 1/4" and fold over again so raw edge rests against backside of fabric. Pin in place and press folded edge. Use red sewing thread to slip stitch edges in place, checking as you sew to be sure fabric remains on correct folded line.

    Cutting Diagram
  • General Information
  • 1. The two threads that are vertical and appear raised that are running rows (every other) across fabric will be referred to as vertical floats in instructions. These floats are shown on pattern as two parallel lines. When pattern indicates a straight line, you will slide blunt needle/thread under float (two threads).
  • 2. Occasionally, check back of fabric to be sure you are not piercing fabric.
  • 3. This design requires that you end your thread several times while working motif. Use a length that you can comfortably work with. To begin stitching with first length of thread, leave a loose 3" tail at the beginning. As you near the end of your thread, slide tail under a float and clip slightly out from last float worked. Clip extra thread. Go back to beginning and re-thread needle with loose tail thread. Carefully slip thread back under first float worked sliding thread under 2 more floats. This thread should lie directly under previous worked thread. Carefully pull loop tail of thread until loop is at edge of first float you slipped needle/thread back under. Remove needle and clip loose end of thread close to third float being careful not to clip top set of threads. If clipped ends of thread show, use tip of needle to carefully slide it under top thread. From this point on, begin new thread four floats back from last float placed. Carefully slide new thread over previously placed thread. Continue working in this manner. End last length of thread by running it under three previous worked floats and clip thread close to third float.
  • 4. It is important that motif is started in correct place so that it ends same width of placemat/napkin. When counting vertical floats to find starting point, remember two parallel vertical threads on fabric equal one float (one vertical float on pattern equals two parallel lines).
  • 5. Use tapestry needle with 8 to 10 strands of embroidery floss to work pattern. Cut embroidery floss long enough to work comfortably. Do not knot end of floss.
  • Placemat
  • 1. NOTE: When stitching is completed, motif on placemat will run vertically down right side.
  • 2. After four edges of placemat are finished, measure over 1" and down 1" from upper right corner. From this position, count to left 7 vertical floats and begin stitching use DMC 996 (Electric Blue) floss to work right section of design weaving thread under vertical floats. Repeat pattern until you are approximately 1" from bottom. Stitched pattern should end as shown in diagram. When you reach ending point, carefully weave thread back under several floats to end. Work second section of design using DMC 704 (Bright Chartreuse) floss. Count over to left four vertical floats from top row of first section placed. Begin in same manner as blue section.
  • Napkin
  • 1. NOTE: When stitching is completed and napkin is folded, the motif will run vertically down left side of folded napkin.
  • 2. After finishing four edges, measure over 1" and down 1/2" from upper left corner of napkin and start stitching using DMC 704 (Bright Chartreuse) floss to work left section of design. Keep repeating pattern until you are approximately 1/2" from bottom. Stitched pattern should end as shown in diagram. When you reach ending point, weave thread back under previously worked floats. Work second section of design using DMC 996 (Electric Blue) floss. Starting at top, begin stitching on next vertical float over from top row of first section placed. Begin in same manner, leaving a loose thread.
  • Tip
  • 1. Be careful not to pull thread too tightly as you work under floats.
  • 2. It is important to keep thread flat as you work under vertical floats so it does not twist.
  • 3. You can work this pattern in any color combination that appeals to you. You can also add more single rows on each side of motifs for a wider band of color.