We welcome Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts in British Columbia, Canada, to join the group of retailers who carry TURTLE looms!
Store owner Cheryl Brown and her team offer TURTLE looms in their Kelowna store as well as online on the website.
Vineyards play a significant role in the beautiful Kelowna area, and Cheryl mentioned that it is sometimes called “Napa North”. This inspired me to celebrate Kelowna Yarn as a new TURTLE retailer with some grape-themed projects: Here are grape cluster coasters and a table runner project for you to make (and you don’t have to live in Canada to make them!
A grape cluster coaster, worked on the TinyTURTLE loom R-regular sett, makes a coaster size that is just right for a wine glass. If you follow the same pattern but use the Original TURTLE Loom™ R-regular sett, it will make a coaster for a bottle (center) .
I used Queensland Collection Costal Cotton yarn in 1034 Concord and 1042 Seaweed to make the samples. You just need one ball of those two colors to make one bottle and several glass coasters.
This grape table runner is a slightly larger project, but still easy-to-make on the Original TURTLE Loom R-regular sett.
I used The Fibre Co. Lore in shades Wise (grapes), Ambitious (leaves), and Spiritual (background) for the sample. I wet finished the table runner, but it could also be fulled.
Here are the Instructions for Both Projects
- For a coaster, weave eight hexagons in grape color, and two hexagons for the leaves.
- For the table runner, weave sixteen hexagons in grape color, four hexagons for the leaves, and nineteen hexagons for the background.
Use the following chart when you arrange the hexagons. Sew hexagons to hexagons together into rows first, then connect rows to rows. I used simple whipstitch and the tail ends for the sewing.
Weave in all ends. Block as desired.
These projects are beginner friendly and versatile … You can use a broad variety of yarns (cotton and wool are just examples). The same projects can be worked on the fine sett looms, and even a mix-and-match.
For more grape-spiration, check out the grape table topper in “Easy Weaving with Little Looms” 2018 and the Grape Pillow project in this blog post.