The weave structure is called Monk's Belt. The weft used to weave the pattern is actually a thin, loosely woven plaid fabric, cut into bias strips about 3/8" wide.
First of all, I needed handles, so I dug around in my yarns to find what I used for the tabby. I threaded up a narrow warp on my floor loom and wove a strip long enough for two handles. Then, I had to search my fabric stash to find the fabric I used, so I could cut the lining. After sewing the lining on the regular sewing machine, I did all the finishing on my heavy industrial machine. It was too thick to get under the presser foot on the regular machine. I sure am glad I have that heavy old machine.
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I am using eight colors in the warp, so I wound a warp long enough to make eight towels. It was a bit too long for the loom, and I had trouble weaving the first couple.
That took some trial and error also, but I finally got something that I liked. After I wove about a foot, I realized the error I saw earlier, but couldn't figure out what I did wrong, was very noticeable on the dark section. I finally had to work the mechanism till all the warp threads were at one level, and then could see that I had sleyed two threads in a couple dents. It's a good thing this rug is for me, or I would have unwoven everything again. I can live with it. Once this rug is done, I will cut it off and resley the reed to correct the errors.
I have one more section of the dark to sew together and weave, and the last light section and the hem and this rug will be done. Maybe I will complete it after work tomorrow. Now it's time for bed.