Make Woven Table Runners: 4 Free Table Runner Patterns

Handwoven table runners are sure to bring a personal and unique touch to home décor during any season. Whether you’re looking to learn a new technique, weave a special gift or create a timeless Christmas table runner this holiday season, a woven table runner is always a fun and gratifying project! Weaving Today is dedicating these 4 free table runner patterns, collected in a free eBook, to all weavers looking for projects they can weave and display for everyone to enjoy. The table runner patterns included can also be improvised to create other weaving projects such as dishtowels, placemats or curtains.

This style is a favorite among weavers. They are rectangular so require little fussy finishing. They use yarns – primarily cottons and linens – that are readily available in all colors imaginable. They can be woven in just about any weave structure you’d like to explore, making them the best of “samplers you can use.” You’ll learn a lot from weaving table runners – plus you’ll end up with lots of beautiful cloth. Follow these woven table runner patterns, experiment with a variety of yarns and colors, and brush up on plain weave techniques.



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From Christmas gifts to custom every day pieces, you will love this handpicked collection of hand woven table runner designs from Weaving Today. And it’s free! Enjoy these 4 free handwoven table runner patterns. Discover a nice variety of design color and texture that you can weave up in a jiffy! Select your preference of weaving pattern or learn a new pattern to make a table runner or other weaving project for your home or as a gift for someone else’s home.


Pattern #1: Windowpane Holiday Runner in Log Cabin

by Sr. Joan Marie Lovett

Bring holiday cheer to your table this holiday season with a Christmas table runner pattern. A Christmas table runner also makes a great and personal gift. The color-and-weave effect of log cabin combined with alternating thick and thin yarns makes a complicated looking pattern, though the weave structure is simple plain weave. A gold metallic thread accents the red plaid intersections in this cotton runner. Consider using the same idea in different yarns for a runner you can use all year round. This is a table pattern design sure to bring the holiday spirit to your table this holiday season!

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Pattern #2: Two-block log cabin runner

by Jane Patrick

Log Cabin is a favorite block weave among weavers because of its versatility. Since log cabin is a block weave, designs can be developed through the use of profile drafts. Profile drafts are an excellent way to plan successful designs without preparing actual thread-by-thread drawdowns.
Any two-block design can be converted to log cabin (what a great way of utilizing resources!). When a profile draft is used for log cabin, filled-in squares in the profile drawdown represent blocks that produce vertical lines; blank squares represent blocks that produce horizontal lines (or vice versa). Since the contrast between these two effects is quite subtle, simple designs usually work best for log cabin.


Pattern #3: Waffle weave on a rigid-heddle loom? Yes, you can!

by Kati Reeder Meek

Waffle weave is a fascinating weave structure that looks more difficult than it is. You’d be surprised to know you can weave waffle weave on a rigid-heddle loom! Your investment will be low compared to larger looms, and you will discover the fun of weaving.Weave a narrow table runner such as this one or consider putting on a longer and wider warp for woven placemats (thread the center repeat 40x instead of 25x for a width in the reed of 173⁄5″). Substitute other colors for the accent stripes and/or add more frequent weft stripes.

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Pattern #4: Cool Waters

by Sandra Doak

The Cool Waters piece is a simple plain-weave structure and design that can be woven on any loom, including a rigid-heddle loom. Spacing a warp in this way can lead to infinite possibilities for variations on a theme: change the colors, the yarns, the width of the spacing, combine solid and variegated colors—any number of these will keep this idea fresh and exciting. Learn how to make table runners with this unique adaptation of plain weave. Learn how to make table runners with this plain-weave pattern.

Get your loom warped and ready, sit down, and learn how to weave table runners with these great weaving ideas.

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