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.
2/8 organic cotton- royal blue and white
warp on the loom and weaving progressing
finished towels showing stripes
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.
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.
I’ve just brought in some 2/16 Venne organic cotton, I nice complement to their 2/8 organic cotton line. I’ve just brought in a few colours to start and I can’t wait to try it out. Stay posted for a review soon. Below are the colours I have brought in. Now, what to weave….
315-4 refers to the threading and the threading for the towels below, it comes from A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns.
I have seen a few pictures of this draft woven as tea towels and scarves on various blogs and Ravelry, and thought it might be fun to do. My plan is to do a few towels, off-white for the warp and a bright colour for the weft (a different colour for each towel), in 2/8 organic cotton. But I thought I might first do a trial run in some 2/8 Cottolin, and make notes.
I made a lot of notes while weaving these “samples”, notes for what I did, and notes for what I will do differently.
The green towel with the stripe was the first one I wove, I had seen a few others woven with a stripe and thought I liked it. Note 1: no stripe, I don’t like it, I think it takes away from the pattern. Note 2: harder beat. While the green one looks okay, they are definitely to drapey for a towel (at least I think so). The second towel was woven with a denser ppi, I like it a lot better. There other little notes, but I won’t bore you with all the details.