Pencil Roving Mats

Pencil Roving Mats

I recently got some Pencil Roving when I did a World of Wool order. I liked the look of it, but couldn’t decide on which colour, so I decided to get a 500g bag of Pencil Roving waste. I expected more than 4 colours, but it still worked out cheaper. I wanted to see how well it worked layered, so I decided to make a ‘woven’ mat/coaster type thing. I started off with a 10 x 10 inch template:


Then I cut the pencil roving a bit smaller, 10 strands of each colour:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI laid the strands across the template:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI then held the bottom of the strands down with a ruler and flipped back alternate ones:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI laid the strands across the columns and then flipped back the other strands:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used a plastic knife to push the strands in to place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how it looked when it was finished:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI didn’t think it looked its best, so I took off a few of the strands at the ends:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI added a couple of layers of Merino tops, then felted it and fulled it quite firmly. It was about 7.5 x 7.5 inches afterwards:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also made another mat with pencil roving, I used up some of the spare lengths left over from the other mat, and added rows and columns. This one ended up slightly wider as there wasn’t as much roving going across as there was top to bottom:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI thought they turned out really well πŸ™‚


34 thoughts on “Pencil Roving Mats

  1. What a fun idea, Zed! A great way to try weaving on a much smaller scale. My fave is the second one.

    1. Thanks, Cathy πŸ™‚
      I like the colours more on that one, the green background makes a difference.

    1. Thanks, Nikki πŸ™‚
      Make sure you link us to a photo if you do!

    1. Thanks, Karen πŸ™‚
      It’s the first time I’ve tried it. I have plotulopi which is very narrow Icelandic ‘roving’, but it’s very thin.

  2. They’re both great! I like the way you’ve edged them. The finished woven one looks like a very complicated design doesn’t it?

    1. Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      Yeah, it looks like some fancy dog’s tooth pattern!

  3. These are both wonderful and I love the woven look. A great use for pencil roving. I have always liked the finer detail that you can achieve with pencil roving. It would be cool to leave spaces in between too to have a lacy look.

    1. Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      That would look good. I was surprised how thick the roving was really, I suppose I expected something like a chunky yarn.

    1. Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      That was my intention, actually. I put silicone on the back of a smaller one a while ago, and it’s great for putting pans on, but a bit too small.

  4. Great!! I have some pncil roving and wasn’t sure how to use them …. now I do! Thanks, they are lovely.

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