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Here is a peek at the warp with the natural linen weft. It clearly shows how I deal with hems...in this case it is a straight progression for 3 inches, then start with the body of the towel. At the other end, the progression begins from the other end in order to flow with the pattern. Where one towel ends and the other begins, I have woven in a contrasting colour to serve as a cut line.
Some people like to hem before they wet finish. I prefer to hem after the cloth has been wet finished and given a good hard press. That way the cloth is as flat (thin) as possible. Once hemmed, they get a finishing press to flatten the hem and take out any fold/crease marks from the hemming.
In terms of my approach to designing? If one colour is good, 5 or 6 has to be better! The warp is several shades of a pink through burgundy plus several shades of a warm reddish beige, almost peach, all mixed up together.
The dark pink weft emphasized the reds, the natural linen is a much lighter value and is making the cloth look a lot more pastel.
I quite like it. I hope the customers do, too.
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