Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Towel From Rachel's Dyed Yarn

I finished the first towel from my daughter Rachel's yarn that she dyed quite a while ago.  Since it is plain weave, with only two borders with color changes, the weaving went fast.

Asymmetric isn't really my style, but sometimes I'm in to trying something different.  I guess it doesn't look too bad.  I wish the wide blue stripe was just a little narrower though.
I should be able to get a couple more towels out of this warp.  I'm not sure what I will do to make the next ones a little different.  I'm out of the blue, so that is one detail they won't have.  Maybe I'll try twill next.

Here is a closer view of the yarns, showing the thick and thin and the narrow border (about 1").  I warped this at 20 epi, 2 per dent in a 10 dent reed.  The thin spots on the yarn are twisted pretty tight, and are thinner than an 8/2 yarn.  I hope it is absorbent once I wash it.

Thanks, fellow weaver Michael from Wisconsin, for the idea to use a drummer's stool.  I borrowed Bob's stool tonight, and it was pretty comfortable.  I know I won't get to keep it, since he needs it for gigs, so I guess I will start checking some out and maybe get my own.  It didn't irritate the backs of my thighs, but the lump between my legs was just a bit too wide, especially for treadling side by side treadles.


  1. Have you tried a bench that has a seat that rocks. Live mine. Take a peek at

  2. I'm glad that you were able to try the stool out before purchasing one. I know nothing about them, but perhaps some other manufacturer would have a less pronounced bucket seat?
    I really like the soft, subdued, earthy colors of the towels.......

  3. Jenny, I don't know if you remember me from Jennifer Moore's workshop last fall. I use an adjustable height stool that I got from Bed Bath & Beyond that works really well and the price is right. I did have it at the workshop, but you may not recall. Here's a link to the stool: air lift stool

  4. Valerie, I am afraid I don't remember weaving on a loom with an adjustable chair. Yours was probably one I didn't get to. I looked at your link, but with several negative reviews about the strong odor of the fabric, I don't think I will risk it, since I have bad problems with chemical odors like that. Thanks for sending the link, though. Maybe someone else reading this will make use of the recommendation.

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