Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Twill Striped Cottolin Tea Towels

After the striped tea towels that I wove in June there was still some small cones of cottolin left so I decided to mke one more tea towel warp to finish the cones off.  I started with a draft that I had used last year that had ribbon like stripes thinking that it would be good in using up the all the colours.

This was a time consuming draft to make because I measured each colour separately in order to have an accurate thread count, and then I wound the thread back onto the cone.  This ensured that I could accurately make the stripes for the draft on the computer.  And then I finally pulled the actual warp.

I managed to finish seven cones in the warp!  You may be wondering what is at the bottom of the photo, that is the loom waste from the previous set of tea towels, I need it because I am short a couple of threads for the warp, just three lime green threads short.  

By the time that I started to weave the tea towels the back of the loom had become quite the tangle of hanging threads.  I decided that I didn’t like the look of some of the stripes, so I changed some of the colours out and ended up with 10 film canisters hanging off the back of the loom, yikes!

Next up is the auditioning for the weft colour, I tried out some pinks.  They were OK but pink can be hard to sell.

Next up was greens and the darker shades were OK but I didn’t think that they really worked with the pinks and purples in the stripes.

Then I tried white and dark purple, no more try outs needed the dark purple was the hands down winner.

I wove two tea towels in the dark purple which makes a set of quite lovely tea towels

For the second set of two tea towels I again auditioned different colours of blue for the weft and went with a dark blue called denim.

They are just as pretty as the first set of tea towels.

Weaving with cottolin is very dusty so I thought that I would show you some dust bunnies under my loom!

The tea towels are finished and are available on Esty.  Here are some of the beauty shots.

Twill striped Tea Towels with purple weft.  Esty listing for the tea towels.
Twill striped Tea Towels with dark denim blue weft.  Esty listing for the tea towels.
Final Garden Photo is Penstemon hartwegii 'Peptalk Cerise', the hot pink colour is amazing and it is one of the first plants to flower in the spring and it will continue flowering until the first hard frost.  The hummingbirds love it!

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