Thursday, April 22, 2010

Huck Lattice Towels

The rug warp and the Atwater-Bronson lace warp are at a standstill, with half wound for each of them.  I got a little sidetracked with a linen  warp that I had.  This warp is only about 3 1/2 to 4 yards long, and like the 20 yard warp, it had no cross.  It was a mix of a two ply approximately 20/2 size warp and a tow linen singles.  I laid it out on my carpet with a weight on one end, and pulled out the plyed yarn 10 strands at a time.  Because there was no cross, I threaded the loom front to back.  Once I got it threaded through the heddles and tied onto the back, I draped it over the counterbalance bar on the loom behind  this one and added weight to it.  Once it had the weight added, I was able to treadle two plain weave sheds and add lease sticks.

My chosen pattern came from the Handwoven magazine, March/April of 2002, page 44.  (Check Interweave Press for back-issues.)  The article was for weaving 5 towels, all different weaves.  I started with treadling #5, a huck lattice.

 This design calls for ladder hemstitching and the magazine had the instructions on page 14.  The hemstitching is started from the right (right-handed) and groups 5 warp threads at a time.

This is a close-up of the second half of the hemstitching.  It wraps around the same same threads.  The loop of heavy yarn seen in the photo keeps a gap between the two rows and will be pulled out later.

I got a start on the weaving, completing about 6" of the first towel.  I like the lattice look, and once the towel is wet finished, it will be more prominent.

Now to bed.


  1. It really looks nice, I'll look it up in that handwoven issue. I am starting new towels so maybe I'll change may mind about the pattern :-)

  2. I think it's amazing how powerful hem stitch is.

  3. Marion, after completing one towel with the huch latice, I don't recommend it unless you are using a fine warp yarn. There are long floats on the reverse side (seven threads).

    Sharon, I liked the ladder hem stitch. It's the first time I've used it. I've done a lattice hemstitch before, but it wouldn't work with the uneven number of threads used with this towel.

  4. I stay with my first idea then, because I am using cottoline. :-)

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