These tea towels came off the loom just in time for Christmas Gift Giving.
The towels are a combination of twill and basket weave inspired by JST Online Guild Episode 4.7.
I pulled out all my partial spools of blue 2/8 cotton – pale blue, chambray, cobalt, royal, periwinkle, and marine blue. These went into the warp in different twill threadings. Then I used black 2/8 cotton to form the separating stripes, threaded as basket weave.
I wove the towels using different colours and different twill treadling ideas.
One towel was woven using only basket weave treadling.
Changing colours, I used up more partial spools. This one has light purple as weft.
The last one I wove, using the colours and threadings “as-drawn-in”, or “trop as writ”, where the weft colours and twill patterns follow the order of the warp threading.
My warp was six yards long, and 21 inches wide in the reed. I wove five different towels, approximately 33 inches long each, and a small sample.
These towels were a delight to weave. My frugal self enjoyed the opportunity to use up odd bits of yarn, and the project provided an ever-changing “loom landscape” with shifting patterns and colour changes. I was pushed to weave just a few more rows each time I sat down at the loom.