Friday, July 21, 2017

Off the Air

I will be off the air for a while, on holiday, beginning this afternoon. Photos will appear here when possible. In the meantime, your job is to stay cool, and weave lots. My job is to rest, relax, and knit a little.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Next Version

This iteration has 2/2 basket-weave in the narrow, lighter-colored stripes on either side of a wide, darker stripe:

I've lost track of how many towels are woven at this point. The plan is to just keep going until the end of the warp.😃

Saturday, July 01, 2017


Here is an example of how [in]visible a change of twill direction is in the towels. From a distance:

and close:

For this towel, the weft is all 18/2 green Fox Fibre, which looks like a natural yarn until it gets an alkaline laundering. Here's the draft:

Ignore the blue warp threads in the draft; I used blue only to make areas where both warp and weft are natural, undyed yarn easier to distinguish on-screen. Also, I didn't bother to draft every repeat in the broad stripes; a shaft will lift whether it has 16 or 160 warp ends threaded on it.

I look forward to the wet-finishing, when all this faint detail will become more visible, as the colored cotton darkens.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tea Towels

I've not posted in a few weeks. Not because nothing is going on in the studio, but because what is going on is boring. For one, this run of towels doesn't allow for much variation. I want to stay with the Fox Fibre natural colored cotton as much as possible, and not use any dyed colors. And the darker naturally colored cottons were almost all used up in the warp - only enough left to allow for a few knot repairs.

So, for example, a weft-wise stripe of the lighter green cotton against a background of natural unmercerized cotton is barely visible.

It is there, just to the right of the temple clamps. Big whoop. After wet finishing, in a very hot, alkaline bath, it will be more visible. I hope!

In the meantime, I can change the narrow warp stripes to 2/2 basket weave instead of 2/2 twill... but minor change is not very exciting visually.

So on we go.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

And On We Go a'Weaving

I began writing this post on Wednesday, and had to put it on hold while we made a pre-Father's Day trip to Los Angeles. We figured that my father-in-law would have lots of visitors on the weekend, so spreading out 'his' day would be a good idea. So, to resume the post:

After letting the lashed-on warp rest overnight, I wove a few picks to debug the threading, and finding no errors, went on to get the PPI at the desired density. Here's the result:

For this draft, I'm only using 16 shafts. Eight shafts for the big stripes (both colored and natural), four shafts for the narrow, paler stripes of each color, and four more shafts for the basket-weave selvedges.

The warp is all 12/2 unmercerised cotton. The hem wefts will be 24/2 unmercerised cotton, and the towel body wefts will be either 16/2 unmercerised cotton in natural or 18/2 unmercerised Fox Fibre in light green.  I may use up the remains of the colored warp yarns for narrow, weft-wise stripes on the last few towels on the warp.

The drafts use broken twill for hems, and various straight and point twill for the broad stripes.

That's the plan, anyway. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Getting Closer...

The towel warp is threaded and sleyed. Lashing on today. More photos to come.

The warp is 12/2 cotton, and the colored stripes are Fox Fibre's naturally colored cotton. The natural stripes are from a U.S. mill. I've sett the warp at 32 epi, and plan to use a finer cotton, also unmercerized, for weft.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I forgot to post these images a few days ago. The Fox Fibre tea towels are ready to thread:

In the meantime, we have guests. One set before and another after the Memorial Day holiday tomorrow, so I have not been able to begin the actual threading. Soon, I hope!