(This blog post was originally published March 17, 2014 on my first blog site, which is no longer in existence.)
So I’ve been moving quite slowly in the weaving department. A lot of life changes are happening Chez Iowaweaver. The husband retired at the end of 2013. My own retirement looms (ha! a pun!) at the end of June. Our house is our very own episode of Hoarders as my husband seeks to consolidate his office papers and books and regain a semblance of order and sanity.
The next episode of Turned Taquete was themed in greens and blues and I put on a warp for four towels using the threading draft I blogged about last time. See draft below. I had enough colors and ideas for treadling orders that I didn’t get bored, and the weaving actually went pretty fast.
Here are a couple of photos of the towels while still on the loom:
This is the weave draft. I sett 10/2 cotton 30 ends per inch. The warp was 20″ wide and I had five 4″ sections, so just imagine another section on the left to match the section on the right. 😉
Here is the towels’ group portrait:
And individual shots:
In other news, I’ve been dyeing sock yarn and other knitting yarn with fiber reactive dyes in the crockpot. This is a process that I got to know about three years ago, but didn’t pursue. But I like it lot! It is super easy. And I am going to continue with it more seriously, especially since I will have more time when I am retired. So, guess what I’ll be blogging about next time?
I am curious is this a profile draft? I would love to weave this draft in a table runner & towels in 8/2 cotton. I have tried the math as you have stated (w/your sett) & I can’ t seem to get the numbers & the draft to match. Any direction would be most helpful. Love your blog, thank you for sharing with us.
Hi! This is not a profile draft. It is threaded and woven just as you see the draft. I used 10/2 cotton sett at 30 epi. If you are using 8/2 cotton, I would recommend 24 epi. For a 20″ wide towel, that would be 480 warp threads. You can adjust the size of the blocks and borders as you wish, so 480 is just a suggestion. It is important for the colors to contrast well in the areas of blocks. In the areas of solid color, there are no contrasting threads. I hope this helps you!