I love making up twill combinations with weaving software. Toss in some threading, such as a classic point draw, straight draw, network, whatever, then try Tromp as writ or mix the classics together, then add in the tie up. Handweaving.net is a great place to try this if you dont have software, but I often just make mine up on the fly, using the float calculator to keep the floats to a minimum.
For these towels I chose a Birdseye twill threading over 20 (1-8, 1-2-3-2-1, 8-2), and did some tromp as writ, and one with point draw treadling. The tie ups were freehand in 2 towels, the third I chose a tie up from handweaving.net. I came up with about 8 variations, 3 of which became the towels, the rest were sampled for future potential.
Towel 1 is mostly weft face on one side, and warp faced on the other. Besides making a strong color difference on the 2 sides, the finished product has an almost waffle weave effect, but is also balanced at the same time, if that makes sense. Towel 2 is the most balanced, and a very nice pattern. Towel 3 is probably my favorite, with some grouped floats on each side that should make it absorbent, but also has very good strucutural integrity. In finer yarn and wool this would make a nice fabric for a jacket, I think. Towel 3 pattern was treadled Tromp as writ, but also looks fabulous when treadled as a point draw. I've added the draft for Towel 3.
I love the color combination, it suits the pattern perfectly.
Beautiful towels, rosearbor. I love the graphic quality of the pattern with those colors. They would look great in my kitchen! (heh heh heh)