This week we’ve picked out three favorite towels to weave from our exclusive reprint of Best of Handwoven Top Ten Dish Towels on Four Shafts. Towels are a fun and satisfying project. You can always use more, they make a thoughtful handmade gift, and they are a great way to try new techniques and to experiment with color. Get ready to weave all ten!
Towels in M’s and O’s, by Kathleen Farling
Written to make six hemmed towels 20″ by 29″ each. Requires a weaving width of 24.5″ and a reed capable of 20 epi.
Warp: 1,316 yds Gray • 987 yds Mustard • 896 yds Rust • 224 yds Silver
Weft: 555 total yd per towel, plus 10/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn for hems, 15 yds gray per towel.
A Viking Draft for Towels, by Gunnel Oresjo
Absorbent and richly textured 2/2 Broken Point Twill towels, woven in two colors of 8/2 Homestead Cotton. The pattern, by Gunnel Oresjo, is written to make six hemmed towels 16″ by 24″ each. Requires a weaving width of 17″ and a reed capable of 24 epi.
Warp: 2,346 yards • Weft: 1,580 yards
Swedish Lace for Towels, by Vicki Tardy
A variation on Atwater-Bronson lace, these solid colored towels show off the delicate textures beautifully in a light color or classic natural white. The pattern is written to make 13 hemmed towels 15″ by 18″ each so you can experiment plenty with different configurations of lace blocks. Requires a weaving width of 16.5″ and a reed capable of 16 epi.
Warp & Weft: 5,145 yds total
Pick up a copy of Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Dish Towels on Four Shafts - ebook Reprint and weave up these great Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn Towels this summer!
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