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Cottolin towels, 8H Birdseye Twill

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Birdseye Towel 3
Birdseye Towel 2
Birdseye Towel 1
Birdseye Towel 3
Project Status: 
Project Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2011 - Sat, 11/05/2011
Yarn: Cottolin (Nialin)
Color: 2010 and 2071 golds
Type: warp
Yarn: Cottolin (Nialin)
Color: Black
Type: warp
Number of Shafts: 
Number of Treadles: 
24.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
27.00 in
Width on Loom: 
16.00 in
Finished Length: 
24.00 in
Finished Width: 
14.00 in

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.

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AngieMarie's picture
Joined: 10/04/2011
I love the color combination,

I love the color combination, it suits the pattern perfectly.


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fiberandbubbles's picture
Joined: 06/09/2009
Beautiful towels, rosearbor. 

Beautiful towels, rosearbor.  I love the graphic quality of the pattern with those colors. They would look great in my kitchen! (heh heh heh)

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