Wednesday, September 17, 2008
One of my objectives is to use up some of my generous stash. For much of this year I’ve been weaving tea towels and hand towels, using up some of my 20/2 mercerized cotton for warp, and fine linen, cottolin and other cotton novelties as weft. I also have a great deal of a silk yarn that is fairly “hard” and textured.
A good many years ago I made some towels with 20/2 mercerized cotton and a similar silk novelty and they made great sauna towels, so I dug through my boxes of yarn and found some of the silk that had been dyed in colours that complimented my warp and did some more.
The end result is a towel with a nice hand and a texture similar to a loofah.
While these towels were woven using 16 shafts, the idea can easily be translated to 4.
After weaving the towels were wet finished in hot water wash, cold rinse and given a hard press.