Saturday, April 13, 2013

Springing into Success


My Spring Palette colour theme tea towels are off the loom and I can say that they far exceeded my expectations! My only regret is that I only risked the warp for four kitchen towels, but it was a new weave structure and I wanted to play it safe.
I was all geared up to have these ‘No Tabby Overshot Checks’ go completely wonky after washing because of the two completely different weave structures and the lack of a tabby pick in the overshot part of the pattern; but, the tabby seems to have a very strong stabilizing effect and the extra two inches of plain weave border all around helped. Thankfully no seersucker effect, but there is a bit of tracking in the plain weave areas.

These tea towels have been washed and given a quick press, but as you can see from the pins; I haven’t hemmed yet.
The celery green tea towel looked really blah on the loom and I was starting to have trepidations about the pattern….
The next one I wove was pastel blue and this one really showed off the pattern and I was starting to feel really hopeful…
The soft peachy pink towel was next in line and by now I loved the pattern and the sun was shining and I was feeling good…
I really fell in love with the lilac and it has the strongest graphic effect and it is hands-down my favourite tea towel of the group.
Here they are together and you can clearly see how well behaved the selvedge's are with the extra plain weave added.
I really love this pattern and by tea towel number four I was sure it was going to work out, so here is the warp that I will be tying onto the warp ends I left through the reed. I will be doing navy, red and beige stripes and then using navy and beige as the weft….or maybe navy and red….or beige and red….ahhh the choices!

4 comments:

Susan Harvey said...

**brushing crumbs away** Just eating my words here...
:)

They look great! Don't you love it when a risk turns out great??

Susan

Cindie Kitchin said...

oh they are so lovely!

Linda said...

....sweet. I love this pastel collection! Congratulations....they're wonderful!

charlotte said...


These towels are just fantastic, I love those stars! Congratulations!