Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The second towel is being woven with a yellow-green weft of 16/2 unmercerized cotton.

The draft is #36633 from Keep in mind that I'm weaving from top to bottom, and with a light warp and dark weft, so the cloth appears both face down and upside down compared to the draft. When I get around to sewing the hems, this side will probably end up as the back side.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tea Towels

The warp is 16/2 mercerized cotton, bleached white, sett at 34 epi (I'm using a 17-dent reed). The hems are 30/2 mercerized cotton, also bleached, and the weft for the first towel is turquoise unmercerized 16/2 cotton, which is weaving in at about 32 ppi. Because the towels will shrink more weft-wise in finishing, I'm hoping the drafts will square up when washed and pressed. The draft for this towel is an old favorite from

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Towel Warp Lashed On

Once I've got a warp lashed on, I let it sit overnight to consider its sins. I'll adjust the tension across the warp tomorrow, and then start weaving.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Threaded, Sleyed

Tomorrow I'll lash the warp onto the cloth apron.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Threading the Tea Towel Warp

As I was threading the white tea towel warp (and wow, is a white warp easier than threading a black warp on the jacquard!), I thought a lot about Laura Fry, hoping that her surgery goes as well as my own bypass surgery back in 2000. Of course, I got to sleep through the worst of it, and DH had the unenviable task of seeing me in the recovery room, with plumbing and tubes everywhere, and a radiator blanket to warm me up after being chilled almost to a state of hibernation.

Laura, be strong! If I can do it, so can you! I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way, and all best wishes for a speedy recovery so you can be back at the loom soon.

Anyway, here's the threader's eye view of my workspace today:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The runners have been cut off the loom, and went from an unruly heap on the ironing board to the sewing machine, where they were stay-stitched to prevent fraying, and thence to the washer and drier. They have now been pressed, but not yet hemmed.

Here's the unruly heap:

I'll post again with formal protraits once they're really finished.

While waiting for the washer and drier, I began winding the tea towel warp, and by dinnertime had only 4 or 5 sections left to wind. I should be able to finish beaming tomorrow, and start threading. It'll be a snap, threading and sleying a straight draw, compared to the complex threading of the runners. Like a mini holiday...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


What with one thing and another, I decided that the next project on the dobby loom should be something relatively mindless. That means tea towels, woven on a straight-draw threading of white 16/2 mercerized cotton. The wefts will be 20/2 cottons, mercerized or not, of which there are a LOT of colors in the stash. I have begun winding the warp - 17 yards, which should be enough for 16 to 18 towels.

As usual for projects like this, I've been trawling for appropriate drafts. It's really amazing how many different effects are possible on a straight threading!

Here are a couple of possibilities, some old favorites and some I've never woven before.

Keep in mind that what's dark in the drafts will be light in the cloth, because I'm weaving on a white warp, not a colored one. And of course, the towels will be wider than just four repeats. :-)