Spice Islands Placemat Pattern
If there is one thing crafters love, it is learning how to work with brand new materials. Check out this wonderful free crafting video on how to use raffia yarn from our friends at Premier Yarns to create a DIY placemat for your home. The Spice Islands Placemat Pattern is created by weaving colorful raffia yarns in and out of plastic canvas to create a stunning look that is both rustic and chic at the same time. Call to mind an island breeze with these stunning yarn and plastic canvas craft ideas. You are going to love the way your dining room looks.
How to Make the Spice Islands Placemat Pattern
99-03 Embers—1 ball
94-03 Almond—1 ball
7 mesh plastic canvas sheet at least 10 x 14" (25 x 36cm)
Work with strands of yarn no longer than about 18” to prevent fraying as the yarn is pulled repeatedly through the canvas.
Note that the diagram shows the 4 corners of the piece. Continue stitching in established pattern to fill the space, referring to photo.
In the instructions below, the vertical and horizontal plastic strands of the canvas are referred to as “threads”. The openings between these strands are referred to as holes.
Counting the “threads”, not the holes, mark off a section of your plastic canvas 94 “threads” wide and 67 “threads” tall. Cut your plastic canvas to size. Use sharp scissors and trim it close to avoid leaving nubs that will snag your Raffia.
Beginning in upper right hand corner with A, leaving 2 “threads” unworked at each edge for now, work inner border stitches on canvas as shown in diagram.
With B, work inner section in rows.
With B, work outer border. These stitches are worked around the edge of the canvas.
Weave in all ends on wrong side.
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