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.
Beautiful and enjoyable to make, win-win.
Not very often but it does happen that I have a project that starts becoming a chore and the fun is no longer there in making it.
Right you are, Gin. Now when I’m working on something that isn’t making me happy, I have no hesitation in taking it off the loom, and recycling the yarns. Life’s too short to be pulled into negative energy of my own making.
They are beautiful. It looks like you had fun weaving them.
Thanks, Anne, Vicki and Lynne. These were a lot of fun to make.
Wow Barb those are amazing ! You are so good ! I love the colours.