As the second (or is it the third?) heat wave of the year holds the Pacific Northwest in thrall, my work at the loom is proceeding nicely. It’s the summer Designer Towel series, appropriately named “In The Garden”. It began with a lively hand-dyed yarn from Blazing Shuttles, to which I added three accent yarns. Here’s how the set-up went:
First, getting the yarns onto the loom. I began with the hand-dyed warp, 400 threads spread evenly across twenty inches, but leaving spaces for the other warp threads ~
Once the weaving began, interesting things happened fairly quickly. As of this evening, the first four (of a total of nine) are finished. Here they are, with a long view and a close-up of each one. (Keep in mind that the colors shift and flow along the length of the warp, so each separate towel has areas of different colors.) ~
All nine of this group are being woven with a fine pearl cotton weft yarn in a clear jade green, and each one — as is my perpetual practice — will have a different pattern. Once hand hemmed, machine washed and dried, and ironed, they will finish out at about 18 inches by 27 inches. Durable, functional and beautiful, they will last for years, embellishing kitchens and making light work of drying dishes and hands.