My Almost, But Didn’t Quite Make It, Christmas in July Towels

I thought that the modified star motif in the dishtowels I recently wove resembled more of a snowflake than a star, so with that in mind, and with the popularity of Christmas in July (although not with me), decided to weave a set of classic red and white towels.

I had the best intentions of having these towels done in July, and they were woven in July, however the hemming only just got done, oh well.  I ended up with three towels that are 19″ x 29″ and one generous bread basket size.  I do love the contrast between the red and white.

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Just Knitting

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

Modified Star

Life seems to be busy right now, but I have managed to weave a couple of towels in a draft call Modified Star.  A point twill threading and treadling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2) makes these towels a breeze to weave (when compared to something like overshot).

As usual, I used Venne 2/8 organic cotton for the warp and weft, but used 2/16 for the borders.  The warp colour is Royal Blue and white for the stripes, the weft was white as well.

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2/8 organic cotton- royal blue and white

modified star towel

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finished towel

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finished towels showing stripes

 

Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Whig Rose

Continuing with overshot, I wove two table runners (or maybe more accurately, one loooooong runner, and one table square/topper) in the Whig Rose design from A Handweaver’s Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison.

I used Venne organic 2/16 cotton in cream for the warp and tabby weft.  2/8 organic cotton in Brick Red was used for the pattern weft in the red runner, and a 2/8 mercerized cotton that shall remain nameless was used for the green one.  The organic cotton is a high quality cotton with great twist and is wonderful to weave with.

At 54.5″ long, the red runner would suit a long harvest table (which must of been what I was thinking, hence its long length), it would look great as the centrepiece of a holiday table setting.  The green one is 20.5″ long and would make a great table square for the centre of a smaller table.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

Organic Cotton Towels

I recently decided to try the 315-4 towels I wove here again, paying attention to the notes I made last time when I wove them.  Although I had said that  I didn’t like the stripes, I tried them again, only weaving have the repeat in the alternating colour, much better.

These towels are woven with Venne 2/8 organic cotton, (2/16 for the hems).  They washed and dried beautifully and are very soft.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

New! Organic Cotton Sewing Thread

You may ask why I would start to carry sewing thread.  Well, after I recently finished weaving a beautiful set of dish towels in organic 2/8 cotton (blog post to follow on that soon) and I had to hem the towels, I felt that the thread I used should be of the same quality as the yarn, and I began to search for an organic cotton thread.

What I found is a beautiful multi-purpose thread.  It is an organically grown long-staple cotton that is GOTS certified and spun in Holland.  It is suitable for seams, overlock, top stitching, and quilting, and comes in 300 yard/275 metre wooden spools.

Colours currently in stock:

 

 

4806 Wine4812 Lavender4819 Stormy Blue4823 Celery4829 Walnut4818 Midnight4821 Grass4828 Terra Cotta4802 Straw4800 White

 

I hope to have these up on the website soon.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Stores Update

More colours of Venne Organic Cotton are in stock for your weaving projects: Bright Pink, Fawn, Fern Green and Irish Cream.

And new Handmaiden and Fleece Artist in stock:

Happy knitting and weaving,

Kelly

New! 2/8 Organic Cotton

Now available, Venne Organic Cotton.  It is GOTS Certified (Global Organic Textile Standard), is available on 100g cones and comes in a wide array of colours.

For more information, please check our website.

Colours currently in stock are:

I used the Venne Organic Cotton to weave my Keep It Simple Towels (in an earlier post).  It is lovely to weave with and washes and dries beautifully.  For readers of Handwoven magazine, this would be a great choice for the Shades of India Kitchen Towels and the Moscow Nights Tea Towels in the March/April 2015 issue.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

FI-NAL-LY

I have finally finished a set of dish towels that I wove two, maybe three years ago.  What was the delay?  The fear of cutting into perfectly good fabric and having it all fall apart before my eyes.

On The Loom

On The Loom

However, yards of fabric just sitting on a shelf is of no use either, so out came the sewing machine and scissors and I went to work, and they did not fall apart.

I pinned and pressed all the hems, sewed them all by hand (a process that I quite enjoy actually), threw them in the washer and dryer, and they did not fall apart.

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Towels

At my Saturday sit ‘n knit I was working on the hems, someone asked if she could by one, that felt great.

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Towel

The draft for these towels is from Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts.  Although the pattern draft indicates the pattern be woven at 20 epi, I believe I wove mine at 24 (2 per dent in a 12-dent reed).  Towels were woven with Venne Organic Cotton in Natural and Peacock.

Happy weaving,

Kelly