Category Archives: Handwoven towels

Playing with crimp weave

Crimp weave 10/2 & sewing

This sample of crimp weave was woven on warp left after weaving a scarf. It’s narrow since the original scarf was only 7 inches wide. The warp is a 10/2 Tencel and weft a polyester sewing thread. This gives a lovely hand. Note to self when setting up to weave future scarf warp width should be at least 15 inches in reed.

Floating squares towel
The towels which were on the loom are off and need to be hemmed. This was the warp I showed in a previous post “Spring Has Sprung“.  I’ll post the variety of designs I wove when the handwork is finished. My time lately has been spent sewing handwoven fabric into a garment for the upcoming Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference in June. With a sigh of relief it will go to the post office tomorrow. There will be pictures to share after the conference. So what to put on the loom next?
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We had a little too much rain a week ago. The lake flooded in the park where I walk. Later that day the water had receded and the grounds cleaned up. Other areas near continue to have flooding a week later. More rain is in the forecast here. With any luck it will come in light sprinkles. Today was a beautiful sunny day, letting us relax with a swim in the pool.

Canvas weave towels

imageThe weaving study group I belong to chose linen as their topic for the year. Individuals were to weave samples  with at least 50% linen. Linen needs to be used in the warp or weft, with no fibers blended with the linen. I have linen in my stash but do not weave with it very often. This is due to how linen gets a bad rap for being difficult to manage in the warp. Linen is also an expensive fiber.

The weave structure used in these towels was a 4 harness canvas weave. The weave structure was simple to weave. By inserting plain weave after weaving four repeats of the canvas weave, open work squares were created. If one just repeated the canvas weave throughout, the fabric has stripes.

Canvas weave stripesTo add interest embroidery was added to every other stripe. The blue showing through the center in the photo is from the fabric below which is embroidered.

The towels have a beautiful hand and appearance that only linen can give. Look for additional linen weavings in the future.

Spring rose

Spring Has Sprung

Towel warp

Towel warp

Preparations have begun for a new weaving project, handwoven towels with a bright warp. The looms are full.  The Zig zag scarf from the previous post, is a slow weave project on the Baby Mac loom. It needs  frequent stops in weaving to look at the pattern on the backside with a mirror. I’m looking for errors which jump out on the back.  My other loom is waiting for the heddles to be threaded. So the towels will have to wait till a loom is free.

Today we went to Bayou Bend in Houston to see the Gardens.  The gardens wind thru out the grounds and feature azaleas in the spring. There are beautiful water features and statues among the plantings.

 

Coral Towel Variations

Coral towel variations

Coral towel variations

It’s fun to vary the weft yarn color when weaving multiple items on a long warp. By changing things up it helps when boredom sets in. The 5 1/2 yd warp gave me 5 towels. Three like the first towel in the picture and one of each of the others. This is an eight harness turned twill using cottolin yarns. I love the hand that cottolin gives a towel. Which color towel is your favorite?

Bits and pieces

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Began weaving another color way using the same turned twill setup for the previous  coral towels. These are probably my favorite colors to weave with. I just love a bright blue (royal blue).  These will be made with 22/2 cottolin, from my stash. Alas, there is very little of the purple and turquoise remaining after warping.

Doerte Weber I Belong, 2014 Mixed media, structural weaving

Doerte Weber
I Belong, 2014
Mixed media, structural weaving

Attended “Craft Texas 2014” at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, on Saturday. This piece saddened but delighted me that an artistic use was found for some thing I use regularly to create art. The artist used two shafts or harnesses from a loom and numerous heddles which would normally hold the individual warp ends on a shaft to create this work of art.

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It’s getting harder and harder to walk at night with the sun beginning to set at 7:15pm  central time here in Texas. I’ll have to come up with a different time / place to walk soon.

Coral inspired towels

Coral Towel Currently being woven on the loom are Coral inspired towels. The above picture highlights the center of the towel. The border has already wrapped around the front beam. This is a turned twill or block twill, where one block has the warp yarns mostly on top and the next block has the weft yarns mostly on top. I’m weaving with a 22/2 cottolin yarns, sett at 24 ends/inch on 8 harnesses. Except for the border the weft yarn for this towel is a natural cottolin. Since I will being weaving 5 towels, I plan to use a different weft color in a couple. I can also play with block sizes which will help to make the weaving less boring. This is a favorite weave structure of mine for playing with blocks of color.
Juvenile Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen on my walk last night.