Loon on the loom; summer and winter weaving pattern

Hello, friends. If you’ve been checking in semi-regularly with my blog posts or Instagram feed, you’ve probably seen photos of a WIP on the loom:

Working at the loom

I finished weaving this piece last week. I took inspiration from feather patterns on the common loon, which are a welcome site on our many bodies of water here in the Monadnock Region. Here are a few loons that I photographed while kayaking this past June:

Kayaking with loons, June 2020, Harrisville Pond (that’s Mount Monadnock in the background)

I tried to capture the red eye of the loon in the cloth:

a bit of red…

In between weaving this piece, which I hope will qualify for submission in an exhibition this summer, I finished one more pattern for weavers:

Summer and Winter Placemats Pattern

I really liked putting this pattern together. It is a 4 shaft summer and winter block weave and a good skill-building pattern for weavers with a 4 shaft, 6 harness loom. I’ve woven mats in a variety of color combinations. Here are two for your perusal:

Note that these placemats are reversible! I love reversible placemats: they can be flipped over when someone dribbles a bit of soup during a meal and laundering can be extended. Or you can just change the look of the linens at your table. It is good to keep things fresh, right?

The pattern, like all of my patterns, is available for instant download in my Etsy shop or right here, via Paypal. If you decide to purchase here via Paypal, I will email your pattern PDF to your email address.

Summer and Winter Placemats: a print-at-home weaving pattern.

For weavers looking to build their skills, this block weave pattern contains photos, written instructions, and charts to guide you through the weaving of 4 reversible, machine washable placemats. A 4 shaft loom with 6 harnesses, 15″ weaving width, and 8 dent reed is recommended.


The loom has kitchen towels on it right now and will have towels on it for the foreseeable future. I do like the design, though, so the weaving is going along smoothly.

Stay safe and well, friends. If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to contact me.

Kate K.

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