Weaving Project – Twill Tabby Towels

A weaving draft for twill and tabby towels, woven with hemp yarns

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These colourful 8 shaft teatowels make a nice spring combo for your kitchen. The towels are woven with 6/3 white cotton and bordered with a 1/2″ edge of natural unbleached cotton. The weft uses a single ply dyed hemp yarn. You may substitute with a No. 10 or No. 12 single ply linen.

The towels are woven to a length of 26″ each. Weave the background twill for 16 picks, then weave the pattern tabby blocks for 12 picks. Add some variety to the towels by using different coloured weft yarns, in solids or stripes.
Finishing:
Remove the finished warp from the loom. Machine wash, dry and iron. Cut the towels to length. Using Twill tape, fold and sew a loop for hanging at the end of the towel and machine stitch the hems.

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Closeup of woven towels

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Weaving Draft
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No. Ends: 324 6/3 cotton yarn

Border: 16 ends Natural cotton

Centre: 308 ends White cotton
Sett: 16 epi
Width in Reed: 20 inches
Finished Width: 18 inches
Warp Length: 6 yards
Weft: Hemp Yarn – Single Ply

Substitute: No. 10 Linen Singles

Maurice Brassard – Leclerc Looms
Linen from Belgium

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Weaving on a Little Loom (Everything you need to know to get started with weaving, includes 5 simple projects

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The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
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The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts
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Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi