I’m so enjoying the warm, sunny days of Spring, and even a little rain has not dampened my spirits. I was in the mood for some fresh kitchen towels, both for myself, and for future sales. These towels are based on a Rosepath threading, which is really a point twill, and with added pattern threads in embroidery floss, woven as if it were overshot, make pretty little flowers for the borders.
These are the April towels found in “Weaving Towels as a Means of Learning the Basic Four-Shaft Weaves”, by Clotilde Barrett, Weavers Journal, Fall 1983, Volume VIII, Number 2, Issue 30, pages 11- 19. The towels in the article used linen as warp and weft, so I changed the draft slightly to accommodate using 2/8 cotton sett at 18 ends per inch. My draft is:
I had put on a six-yard warp, so after making the first two towels as shown in the article, I played around and made companion towels in twill stripes. First I put blue-striped borders on a white ground, and then white-striped borders on a blue ground.
I thought these were pretty and fun, so I followed up with a green striped border on a gray ground, then finally a shorter gray-striped border on a green ground.
Six towels in all. Five are twenty inches wide by 30 inches long, and the last towel is 20 inches wide by 25 inches long.