Saturday, December 13, 2008

All Washed up.... and Ready.

So the towel warp is off Lilibet and now hemmed, washed and pressed. I got 9 towels from 10.5 yards: two of each colour, plus a third of the beige. I decided against horizontal striped borders as its a tight and busy pattern as it is. When it came to hemming, I also decided to hand sew as opposed to machine sewing so not to produce a visible stitch line. I wanted a smooth clean lines and it worked well .

To review: the pattern is by Laurie Autio from a Complex Weavers compilation disc. Its 10 shafts and 10 treadle pattern in 2/8 cotton, sett 20 epi. Less than I wanted but it seems to have worked nicely. The pattern tightened up but no excessive shrinkage. The floats mean its absorbent and it helps to keep the warp colours intact for small runs. Equally attractive front and back! The different coloured wefts change the whole look of the cloth.

Violet weft 'front'

and (thanks to Blogger loading pictures weird again) the 'back.'

The plum 2/8 weft 'front'

The 'back' view...


Here we have side by side views of both sides of the honey beige towels.















Then lastly, the royal blue front and back. I think its the more dramatic of the colours.



















Would I use this pattern again? Yes! I would use a 22 epi sett next time and try a different gradation of colours in the warp.
Lilibet is naked right now but won't be for long! I'm doing a small double weave sampler and will be planning the project and pulling the warp (hopefully) tomorrow.

5 comments:

Trapunto said...

These are wonderful, especially the plum weft!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Wow!!! I too like the plum the best:)

Lynnette said...

Everyone would love doing dishes if they get to use one of these!

bspinner said...

Love them all!!! Like some of the others I also like the plum weft.

skiingweaver said...

These are gorgeous, really lovely... I'm going to have to track down Laurie's disk, I've got a *ton* of 8/2 cotton that I got ages ago on sale really cheap from Webs and an alarming lack of towels for my kitchen... Hmmmm....