Autumn Towels in Summer and Winter

It is truly Autumn here in BC.  We had a long extended summer with lots of sunshine.  This week the rains started and the weather turned colder.  It happens every year, the leaves start to turn and then it rains and is windy and all the leaves are on the ground so quickly.  These towels capture the rich browns, golds, reds and oranges of the autumn leaves.  These are woven in Summer and Winter weave, inspired by the Quilt Blocks Towels in “Handwoven” magazine, Nov/Dec 1990, page 54/55.  This is woven in 2/16 cotton in dark brown, gold, and red-orange, and set at 25 ends per inch.  Woven on Loomella, my 8 shaft Baby Wolf loom.  The dark brown is doubled to use as the pattern thread, and all three colours are used singly as tabby.  Two of the towels have the pattern repeated through the length of the towel.  The other two towels have one pattern repeat at each end of the towel, and the rest is plain weave, using gold on one towel, and red-orange on the second.

autumn towels 1   Autumn towels 3  Autumn towels 5


I’m waiting for the rains to stop and dry up a bit, and then I can take a walk in the park.  My favourite part of Autumn is finding a cool, crisp, dry, sunny day, and crunching through the dried leaves on the ground, kicking them up in the air to watch the leaves swirl down again.  Great fun to play this game with the grandchildren, running and jumping through the leaves and hearing their laughter ringing in the air.   Then taking a break to bite into a crisp, juicy, fresh apple.  Oh, the sights, the sounds and the tastes of autumn.  These towels will remind me of wonderful autumn days.

About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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6 Responses to Autumn Towels in Summer and Winter

  1. KerryCan says:

    I love your towels! And, yes, they’ll give you memories of autumn all year.

  2. Linda Meneghello says:

    Nice little write-up–I totally agree. Isn’t Autumn the best time of the year??

  3. These towels are beautiful, reminds me of autumn leaves. I wove this pattern years ago after seeing it in Handwoven. I only used two colors natural and country blue for the pattern weft. I guess we keep our old Handwovens for inspiration.

    • Thanks, Barbara, I was reviewing Summer and Winter patterns for a study group, and I liked the look of these towels in the blue and white and wanted to try a different colourway. I do keep the old magazines for reference and inspiration.

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