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Kitchen Towels for a Cousin

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Kitchen Towels for a Cousin
Kitchen Towels for a Cousin
Bluster Bay Honex-tensioner end-feed shuttle on cloth
The grey-tan is linen
New diagonal twill pattern alongside the weaving of it
Moving right along
Towels after wet-finishing, drying over a shower door.  The thin line is where the towels are to be cut apart.
Kitchen Towels for a Cousin
Project
Draft: 
16-Harness Twill
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - Thu, 05/14/2015
Yarn
Yarn: 10/2 cotton
Color: Natural unbleached
Type: warp
Yarn: 10/2 cotton
Color: Natural unbleached
Type: weft
Yarn: 10/2 cotton
Color: medium indigo blue
Type: weft
Yarn: linen
Color: unbleached natural
Type: weft
Loom
Loom Used: 
AVL dobby loom
Number of Shafts: 
16
Number of Treadles: 
2
Sett: 
30.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
6.00 yd
Width on Loom: 
18.00 in
Notes: 

Word is spreading amongst family members about my vintage AVL loom and the patterns that can be woven on it. One of my many cousins has commissioned a number of cotton and cotton/linen kitchen towels. These were originally to have the twill pattern of the previous project, but there were too many floating threads in the pattern which would have made the finished items a little snaggy, so I poked around looking for a draft that had no more than three or four floats maximum AND I switched to a slightly finer sett. The change is good - I'm pleased with how the towels look in the handsome new diamond pattern. This is also my first endeavor using floating selvedges. Surprisingly, they do not interfere with the weaving at all once I 'registered' the correct hand position and entry point for each shed, habitually entering the shed *over* the floating selvedge threads and emerging *under* them. Nice neat selvedge!! 5/15/15 - towels are now finished! The blue towels have been sent off to my cousin, the tan one I keep, and it's time for the next warp!!

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Nice Towels

Can I appy to be your cousin?  Very nice design and the weaving looks awesome.  I am very envious your ability to make such beautiful designs.   Thanks for sharing.

=^.^=

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Thank you!

Thank you so much for your very kind message! :-)

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ReedGuy's picture
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Great design

These look awesome,  lucky cousin. Very nice. :)

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ShawnC's picture
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Just beautiful!!

Just beautiful!!

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Very Classy

Love the design and the colors.

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Cathie Beckman's picture
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Nice design and beautifully

Nice design and beautifully woven!

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Lovely!

Your combination of natural unbleached with blue and linen in the weft is particularly effective. Nice work!

RepWeaver

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elegant!

Alfred, those are amazing.  You use such restraint, keeping the colorful section small, while continuing that amazing twill pattern through the body of the towel.  I want to be right behind @dwilliston for an adopted cousin, and you now have me thinking at 16h AVL just might satisfy my desire for more complexity.  Thank you so much for the insipration.

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Thanks!!

:-)

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16 shaft twill

These are beautiful towels!  Do you have a source for the draft or can you share the .wif?

 

melissa

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Lovely!

Such a beguiling pattern, subtle and refined! These towels are stunners....

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Joined: 04/08/2013
Beautiful!!

Just gorgeous weaving, I hope your cousin was thrilled!!  Would you be willing to share your pattern?

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Beautiful!!

Just gorgeous weaving, I hope your cousin was thrilled!!  Would you be willing to share your pattern?

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Beautiful!!

Just gorgeous weaving, I hope your cousin was thrilled!!  Would you be willing to share your pattern?

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draft

This is a draft called "diamonds in diamonds". It was designed by Susan Bowman and published in Handwoven March/April, 1999.

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