a set of tea towels for an exchange project with my Weavers Guild "De Kaardebol" = "The Teasel". Everybody weaves three tea towels, gives two towels to the group and in exchange receives two towels form other members of the guild.
I decided not just to weave a few tea towels, but to turn it into a little project that I could learn from.
That's why I chose a technique that was relatively new to me and I decided to weave round shapes, in contrast to my usual choice for clean lines.
I tried to draw the best possible circle on a network of 1/3 and 3/1 twill on 12 shafts + 4 shafts for some space around the circle. I only wanted the circle on half the number of shafts so I could use the other 16 shafts for another form.
I used the other half of the shafts for squares and lines. The circles alternate with squares and lines.
The weft is blue linen yarn.
The first pattern row in the design is the same. In the second pattern row, I inverted the colours of the foreground and the background. The weft is green linen yarn.
The next design is more playful. The circles look like rising bubbles (or falling raindrops with some imagination).
The dark circles are 1/3 twill on a 3/1 twill background, the circles with the lighter colour are a basketweave. This time I used both groups of shafts to draw circles.
The weft is red cotton yarn.
Some more playful shapes in the form of bouncing balls. The weft is purple cotton yarn.
Blowing smoke circles in the air! The weft is two coloured; red and orange cotton yarn.
By now the warp is too short for another tea towel, but I could still do a small fingertip towel. I combined all the previous patterns in this one. The weft is black linen yarn.
No half work; tea towels do need loops. So why not weave them on the very last piece of warp. All at ones, next to each other, with the same weft colours as in the tea towels.
Neat finishing is very much appreciated.
There they are; stiched, washed, ironed and with a matching woven loop; the tea towels for the exchange project of my weaving guild. And the ladies liked them!
They are all about 60 x 60 cm, except the black fingertip towel who is 60 x 40 cm.