This weave is lovely and very useful as a hand towel. I do not know what it is called. The two pattern blocks are in a 2/1 twill with an additional pick. The warp is one colour - unbleached cotton - so the colour is only in the weft. This means that if a long warp is put on the loom, several towels of different colours can be woven.
|This is a block weave.|
For the pattern there are two blocks. One block is threaded 12312312312 and the next block is threaded 43243243243.
As you can see with the two colours of weft, one block shows more of the coloured weft than the other. This gives the appearance of checks. From these two blocks different patterns can be created.
Warp: 8/2 unbleached cotton
Weft; 8/2 unbleached cotton and 16/2 coloured cotton used double.
Sett: approx 20 epi
Picks approx 25 per inch.
For these towels I warped 460 ends. The width at the reed is 85 cm.
The pattern can be woven in stripes or checks.
|on loom weaving with two shuttles.|
The border is the first pattern on the drawdown and is only used for the border. Weave about 4 cm with unbleached 16/2 cotton used singly.
The stripes are woven with 8/2 cotton used double. Weave four picks with 8/2 doubled cotton in block two. weave four picks with double red 16/2 cotton in between then four picks with 8/2 cotton.
there are 20 picks in red before the next pattern. I decided to weave three groups of two pattern blocks at each end of the towel.
For the centre of the towel, weave 30 cm then repeat the border pattern. Finish with 13 cms in red then 4 cm in 16/2 cotton for the hem.
|closeup of towel on loom|
The towel pattern can be varied. I wove the fourth towel in a pattern of small squares. This towel has been washed once then pressed. This towel is not dependent upon an exact length of warp so it is useful for the final towel of the four. If my warp is not long enough, the pattern repeat is short so I can weave to the very end of the warp leaving just enough for the hem.
|Close up of the towel woven in small square motifs.|
Length 76 cm width 54 cm
Length 70 cm width 50 cm
I designed a hanging tag for these towel. Here is the weave draft for the blue hanging tag.
|pattern for hanging tag.|
The tag is 1.2 cm in width.
Here are the completed towels.
The towels are soft but are very efficient at drying hands.
I have woven variations of this design many times. The towels are very hardwearing. I love the fact that when weaving, different colours can be used for the weft. Next time I weave some more, I think that I will vary the pattern. I liked the small squares so I thought that I could design a different block pattern.
Susan J Foulkes