In 2014, Handwoven magazine published an article that I had written about Swedish band weaving.
The Heart of the Swedish Band Weaving Tradition, Handwoven,
Nov/Dec, Vol 172, No 5 pages 66 -68.
As part of the article I designed and wove tea towels with pretty heart patterns. The pattern for the tea towels is now available to purchase from Handwoven. The hanging tag is a heart meander pattern using 13 pattern threads.
Baltic Hearts Tea Towels Weaving pattern is available to download from
Baltic Hearts Tea Towels by Susan J. Foulkes
Learn all about the traditional bandweaving found in the Swedish province of Dalarna and then weave up a set of sweet 8-shaft towels with heart boarders inspired by these traditional patterns and techniques.
For generations weavers in the Swedish province of Dalarna have woven exquisitely patterned bands for everything from trim for hats to belts and more with each village within the province having its own special traditions. In her stunning towels, weaver and researcher Susan J. Foulkes finds inspiration in these traditional techniques and motifs for her sweet 8-shaft Baltic Heart Tea Towels. These clever towels use a supplementary weft instead of pick-up to create the beautiful heart borders. You can also weave up and sew on a set of optional hanging tabs using the traditional pick-up techniques or enjoy your towels simply as is—either way you win!
Equipment Needed: 8-shaft loom with 26” weaving width; 10-dent reed; 2 shuttles, 4 bobbins.
My blog has a number of patterns for hand towels and tea towels. Here are some of the patterns.