Traditional Hand Towels
Swedish design is so crisp. I love the clean visual effect of these traditional hand towels. They are easy to weave and of course you can vary the colour by changing the weft. The weave structure is 10 shaft satin.
The satin is in two blocks: one block is on shafts 1 to 5 and the second block is on shafts 6 to 10. The large squares have 100 warp ends and the narrow stripes at each border have 15 warp ends.
Here is the weave draft.
|draft for 10 shaft satin weave handtowels|
|Weaving the towels.|
|close up of satin on the loom.|
I wove a hanging tag for each of the towels. Here is the pattern for the green towel.
|closeup of hanging tag|
|Linen hanging tag for hand towels.|
|Linen handtowel tag|
In the bottom of a drawer I have just found an old Swedish towel which was bought many years ago so I thought that I would add the picture to this blog. I had been looking for it for some time. It is a similar pattern to these handtowels but woven in much finer thread. It is a large square and is suitable for drying dishes or drying hands.
|Commercially woven towel bought in Sweden.|
In January, I will show a pattern suitable for a four shaft loom for a set of handtowels. Again the warp will be in one colour so the coloured weft can be varied. I am putting the warp onto the loom today.
Susan J Foulkes November 2016