I had seen many woven versions of # 728, from Carol Strickler's " A Weavers's Book of 8- Shaft Patterns". It went onto the 'to-do' list, someday. It seemed the perfect combination of pattern and potential exploration of colour a weaver could find. Endless possibilities!
I planned for and wound a 8 yard warp of 8/2 unmercerised cotton on my warping mill and that was a major commitment in itself. So many cones of yarns, tracking the colour order..... and it took a few afternoons. It was also great for using up small part cones and stash bust as well. Then it hung around for a couple of months while other projects jumped to the head of the line up as my interests changed.
As a warp just hanging there, it somehow wasn't as appealing. Sort of a congregation of dark broody colours. I had used three shades of purples, a magenta, medium blue and a cinnamon with a dash of off white as the glue between stripe groupings. Along with the cones of warp yarns I had tucked in a cone of bright raspberry pink as a potential weft yarn..... and that is what saved the day.
I got it wound on along with my trusty helper, Bruce, and soon I was threading away. Tricky threading to keep track off, plus watching for the colour changes to happen in the right spots! It seems I had the bright idea of making some changes in colours while winding the warp and the next day forgot I had done it. So long story short, I had to flip out 4 ends and hang 4 of the new and improved colours. It meant I had 6 weighted film canisters hanging off the back to adjust. Reminder to self: make notes and read them!
So, the bright pink raspberry apparently did the trick and transformed this warp into something very special. Its a party for the eyes!
I end up with 6 towels (finished dimensions 20" x 29"). Three in the raspberry, one woven with the darkest purple in the warp, one used the magenta from the warp and another I used a soft lime green. It sort of fades away next to the brighter ones, but when viewed alone and by itself, has a charm all its own.
Soft lime weft:
Dark purple weft
... and a bonus table runner with short fringe!
About the time I was hand sewing the hems on the towels, I found this skirt being advertised for sale on FaceBook as 'Bohemian Gypsy". Well, how about that? My little kitchen towels are a fashion trend.
Here's my "Patron of the Arts" actually weaving! Its taken me 23 years to get him to try throwing a shuttle and he did very well. "Over and under" the floating selvedges, and marching along the treadles. So one of the towels had a small section he wove and I left it in. It was simply perfect, in all ways... 💖