Weaving Project – Twill Towels: aa111099

This project uses unmercerized 8/2 cotton and will make 3 tea towels (16″ x 25″) and a 16″
square cloth. The design produces a twill sampler. Each color block is threaded to a variation
of twill drafts, separated by a contrasting border.

Twill Towel


Warp Yarn: 8/2 cotton – 3360 ypp


  • Dark Blue – 8 ends
  • Light Blue – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Medium Green – 82 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Medium Blue – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Dark Green – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 8 ends

Total Warp Ends – 348

Warp Length: 4 yards

Total Warp: 4 yds x 348 ends = 1392 yards
Sett: 18 epi

Width in Reed: 19.25″

Finished Width: 16″

Woven Length (per towel) 29″ + 2″ tabby border

If woven in a 50/50 balanced weave, the Weft usually requires a similar quantity of yarn
(slightly less, as there is no loom waste) When I wove these towels, I used different color
combinations for each towel.

  • Light Blue, Medium Green, Medium Blue, Medium Green( 8/2 Unmercerized Cotton)
  • Light Yellow, Dark Blue, Medium Yellow (22/2 Cottolin – Borgs Bomullin)
  • Medium Blue, Dark Blue (8/2 Unmercerized Cotton)
  • Light Blue, Medium Blue (8/2 Cotton)

Weaving Draft

twill towel draft

The draft shows 4 different treadlings. Many other treadling combinations are possible. Try
these out, as well as experimenting with your own, to create your own unique towels for your

Each towel was woven to a length of 29″ with a 2 inch border of tabby treadling to allow
for the hem allowance.


After cutting the warp from the loom, I sewed the cut ends with a zigzag stitch, to prevent
fraying while the project was washed. I then put the warp into the washing machine and washed
and dryed it through a normal wash cycle. After drying, I steam iron the complete warp length.

Because handwoven fabrics have a tendency to fray, I zigzag all edges before I do cutting.
After sewing 2 rows of zigzag stitch in the centre of the 2″ woven tabby (between 2 towels) I
then cut between the 2 rows of stitching. The hem is then turned under and sewn with a
straight seam. And again, turned under and sewn with another straight seam to finish the hem

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