Free Hand Weaving Projects for Beginners: Placements & Towels

Handwoven placemats and towels are perfect for brand new weavers – or for experienced weavers looking for a weaving project that is both relaxing and uncomplicated. Learn how to weave a placemat or towel from the beautiful weaving projects that the experts at WT have compiled in this free eBook. Each hand weaving project is easy to accomplish and includes step-by-step instructions to complete it quickly and successfully. Download your free eBook today and get detailed instructions and illustrations on woven mats and handwoven towels that are sure to bring a beautiful splash of color to any kitchen or table.

From a colorful, striped handwoven towel to a huck lace patterned linen dishtowel, to a woven placemat that is functional and easy to wash, to a set of twelve different but coordinated handwoven placemats, weavers of all skill levels will find inspiration from the weaving projects offered in this free eBook.


Free Weaving Projects

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Experience the satisfaction of completing a woven mat and placing it on your table for the first time to be enjoyed for years to come. Add a truly personalized splash of color with a handwoven towel that is fun and easy to weave. Once you’ve completed one project, test your skills at the different patterns – each of these hand weaving projects provides expert tips and suggestions for the beginner and fun techniques for the experienced weaver to weave a quick project they will be able to show off.

Learn to weave a handwoven towel with this step-by-step instructions.

Free Weaving Project 1

Playing With Stripes by Jean Korus

Towels are a great way to experiment with a stripe design. Add a splash of colorful stripes to the kitchen with these beautiful and easy to weave striped dishtowels. This weaving project is great for brand-new weavers or the experienced weaver looking for something relaxing and less complicated. Almost nothing is as satisfying as completing a handwoven towel that is fun to weave and a pleasure to use for years to come. With this free hand weaving project, you can weave a variety of different towels on a striped warp and enjoy playing with the different colors as you weave.

How to weave a beautiful handwoven towel

Free Weaving Project 2

Huck Windows, Dish Towels in Linen and Lace by Marjorie Erickson

Marjorie Erickson’s Huck Windows handwoven towel design came from inspiration for a 2001 weaving guild contest. The challenge was to weave a 4-shaft huck dish towel on a Mountain Loom. As a beginner to weaving with huck lace and linen fibers, she set out to win her guild a brand new loom. She constructed a number of 4-shaft huck designs and her guild’s favorite won them the new loom! This free weaving project incorporates the huck lace structure using linen – the fiber of choice for a quality handwoven towel.

Free Weaving Project 3

Elegant Placemats by Suzie Liles

Handwoven placemats are great for the beginner or the experienced weaver alike. With this free weaving project, a woven placemat using inexpensive yarn that is quick to weave and finish is sure to please. Of all the testimonials Suzie Liles received in her years of successfully selling her woven placemat crafts, her favorite came from a bed and breakfast owner returning to buy more because of their versatility with different table settings and how easily they washed. This free weaving project can be woven in any color – Suzie suggests natural colors, because they can look more elegant and provide great wedding gifts.

Handwoven placemats

Free Weaving Project 4

Anything but Plain, Twelve Placemats on One Warp by Janet Dawson

These handwoven placemats are all about color – and lots of it! The weave structure could not be simpler and the weaving is almost too easy. But watching the constantly shifting warp colors and using a different weft color for each placemat will hold your weaving interest. When you’re all finished with this free weaving project, you’ll have twelve different but coordinated handwoven placemats from just one warp. Take Janet Dawson’s warping tips and design suggestions to weave a placemat personal to you.


Free Weaving Project 5

Spring Bouquet Towels by Laura Fry

A variegated yarn can add zest to your weaving, but variegated yarns are often more expensive than solids, so I like to use them as an accent and a color inspiration. Laura decided to design a set of towels to experiment with the colors in her new variegated yarn. (The project instructions are written so you can weave four towels in each of her colorways. You can pick your favorite or go wild and weave them all.)

These projects are great for all kinds of weavers.

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