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IMG_5488A horizontal band or accent along or near the edge used to highlight a design is one definition of border.  When I design towels adding a border creates visual interest. The shadow weave towels just off the loom have borders at the bottom edge of the towel. More details about these towels can be found in a previous post In the Shadows.

The middle towel above does not have a border added.

For these shadow weave towels, the border is simply plain weave. The alternating colors create the horizontal and vertical pattern due to the threading of the warp. This border is a simple “color and weave” pattern. The towels border that has 2 bands of pattern is a plain weave, color and weave pattern known as log cabin.

Now that your all confused which towel do you prefer, no border, a border with a single band or block of accent, or the border with 2 blocks (the log cabin design)?

These towels can be found in the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston – Guild House Gallery in  mid May.



I’m transitioning to summer blooms geraniums, marigolds and zinnias. The summer heat is almost upon us.



Weaving for Cat Toys


Cat Toy Fabric

Today was spent at the Guild House volunteering my time to weave fabric for “Cat Toys”. Our weaving guild sells the cat toys at our annual sale to raise money for the guild. In past years the fabric was  woven by guild members demonstrating at the Houston Rodeo. The rodeo changed exhibits this year and did not need weavers and spinners to demonstrate. So weaving for the cat toys would be done on one of two pre-warped looms at the Guild House. The nice thing about weaving this fabric is the freedom to change treadling and yarn colors when so inspired.  Since the cat toys are small it’s good to make frequent changes. The loom is set up with an 8 harness twill pattern.


More weaving variations for future cat toys

There’s still more warp on the loom, allowing someone else some creative time for a good cause. Does your weaving guild weave items to raise money?