A friend of mine has finally moved into her new home after months of living in the "little house" at her mother-in-law's property. These placemats are a housewarming gift for the new place.
The warp is 10/2 cotton with chenille accent stripes (probably a rayon chenille) threaded as crackle. My original plan was to use two colors of cotton chenille as warp with a 10/2 colored cotton as tabby. Like all plans, this one had flaws. The worst issue was that the polychrome (many-color) samples looked just awful! I didn't care for them at all! I shifted to a single color pattern (a grey-brown chenille) and a green 10/2 cotton for the tabby weft and was able to weave the mats.
I made six placemats. Four mats have "horizontal ladders" and two have something of a "goose-eye" pattern. They are thick and rest well on the table (and they match my plates nicely...maybe I need to make another set! :).