Twill-weave Bath Towel

Plans

Constance has been eyeing the Quilt Display rack  – she thought it looked a lot like a Salish loom.  (Constance took weaving lessons from Salish Weaver Jessica Casey several years ago)

She wrapped a piece of paper around the bars to see if she could use the rack to make a towel-shaped weaving…

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Pattern

…it looks like she can make a nice big towel!

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Warping

To warp the loom, she needed an additional “floating” bar, which we made out of a bamboo skewer.  She tied the warp to the floating bar, then looped the yarns around the upper and lower fixed bars, and back to the floating bar again.

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Front

All the warps loop around the floating bar in the front…

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Back

…leaving long warps at the back.

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Twill

She started weaving just above the bar, in a 2/2 (over two, under two) twill.

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moving the Bar

When she filled the space above the bar, she just slid the bar around to the back. The whole weaving just rolls around the fixed bars if it has been warped properly!

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Pulling

When all the warp is woven, the fun part – pulling out the floating bar…

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Towel

…and after weaving in the ends…

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Lovely

Constance had a nice big cotton towel!

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Bath

She thought a bath might be in order to try out the new towel!

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18 thoughts on “Twill-weave Bath Towel

  1. Constance’s patience and determination has paid off (great looking towel and so nicely done). I think a bath is a most welcome reward after one’s labors.

  2. So interesting to see how the loom is warped and the twill fabric is woven. The new towel looks very luxurious and beautiful and will be a joy to use in the new Quimper ladies room. Congratulations to Constance!

    • Constance and I enjoyed our Salish weaving lessons from Jessica Casey, and are glad to have more or less remembered the technique, it worked well with this soft fluffy cotton!

  3. Constance is ingenious (gets a good idea, inspiration from observation). She uses what is ‘to hand’ to clarify that her idea is feasible… Constance then shows she is resourceful, following through steadily to complete a well-envisioned, carefully executed, project. And Constance knows how to have really good time enjoying the long-term benefit of her successful efforts! What a mentor for us all. Thank you to the photographer and text-typer for a wonderful tutorial to help us all to benefit, if so inclined, or to simply enjoy watching the pioneer Hitty mind in action. Thank you Constance!

    • You are very welcome – we are grateful to our teacher for the instructions encouragement, and sharing of knowledge. Constance and I have done lots of weaving together over the years, but that class was one of the most memorable, and we were happy to be able to adapt it to a tiny scale!

  4. Constance’s towel looked nicer than any towel I have ever seen, but that gorgeous bathroom deserves extra beautiful accessories. It also, looked pretty wrapped around her shoulders as a shawl.

    • Thanks very much – we are glad you think the towel is extra beautiful! The yarns are leftover from a baby blanket we wove last year – we’ve been pondering how to make a Hitty Bath towel with it ever since! Good thing Constance spotted the resemblance between the Quilt frame and the Salish Loom!

  5. Constance (and her human) are amazing. This was such fun to see the weaving progress and of course Constance makes it look almost simple!! As someone who spent an hour trying to remember how to do a crochet single chain ..sigh. She nearly made me think I could weave something.. Then I came to my senses! Thank you again for sharing this with us.

    • We are thinking of trying a plain weave towel next, which should be a bit easier. We wish you best of luck with the crochet…whenever I pick up a crochet hook, the yarn instantly tangles, so you are doing better than we are with that technique!

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