So I wound a warp of 10/2 mercerised cotton from Louet's yarn for a dozen towels (yeah, I know, that's a lot of 'quickie' towels...) My sett was 28 epi. Bruce helped me beam the warp and I found I was short three ends. I double and triple checked and I was really three short. So out came the weighted canisters and my handy dandy little separator. Why are there four? (five really) as two are floating selvedges...
The weaving was straightforward and fun. The hemstitching slowed me down some. I decided to use bamboo as my weft and I quickly went through the colours and yarn I had on hand. I had to visit a LYS in Victoria and buy some new bamboo colours!
I then has some issues with my left knee / right foot and so things came to a halt for a week and more. Next thing I knew, it was time to pack for the trip and so I decided to take in stock kitchen towels as gifts. I also took bottles of wine grown and produced locally here in the Cowichan Valley. A bit cheeky given the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap regions are major wine producers in their own right.
After we got home and caught up on errands and Life, I picked up where I left off and carried on and finally a full cloth roll of twelve towels and some samples came off the loom. I got a BIG surprise when the brown paper roll finally dropped to the floor. Take a look at this!
This was a brand new roll of heavy brown paper and you can see a clear line on the left side. It would seem the yarn was full of spinning oils! I have never see anything like this before. I knew they use a fine oil and sometimes even a wax when spinning the fibres up but my paper or sticks have never been stained like this.
I like hand hemming and so the twenty four hems took me about three or four evenings to get done. I did my usual hidden running stitch. You can see how I do this here
They were soaked a long time in hot sudsy water to get rid of the oils and then laundered as per usual and hung out side on my clothes rack to dry. I gave them a hard pressing. I think they turned out great, even if they are late arriving at the finish line.
There were three different versions with bronze and cream. Hems were woven with cream bamboo as well.
There were two woven with white weft against the cream warp and one guest towel was woven up all in cream. They look much prettier in person than here.... really nice sheen to the fabric.
One of the new colours I bought, periwinkle blue, is my personal favourite. Its almost a Wedgewood blue. They are all varying sizes in length depending on where I was in the treadling scheme as some would be to short, so I add one more repeat and then they would go over. They measure (roughly) 12" x 16" - 18".
So they may not have made it in time for the hostess gifts but they will be great to have on hand for the coming Christmas sales (yes, I really wrote *that* word).
I have to chuckle at the response to weaving these up. "Oh, I would never wipe my hands on those" but everyone who comes to my house get a small regular store bought guest towel to use by the sink. Its a real dilemma for my guests. A common hand towel in a weaver's home? But if I put a hand woven one there, no one touches it... Its enough to make you go for therapy.... but its cheaper and more fun to weave instead.
Make a weaver happy and use a gift as it was intended when they made it. They will be thrilled! :)