April Flowers for Towels

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.

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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:

April flowers draft

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.

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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.

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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.

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6 Responses to April Flowers for Towels

  1. Vicki says:

    Ok Barb those r way too pretty to use make great show pieces in kitchen

  2. KerryCan says:

    I love making towels so these are very inspirational! Thanks for sharing your draft for the April flowers!

  3. Very pretty! So much variety by changing treadlings and warp threads.

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