Friday, December 12, 2008


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Towel 6 When I went to fill a pirn with white 8/2 cotton I discovered that that this white cotton that I have been weaving with is not the cotton I used for the warp.  The 8/2 cotton I used as warp was a natural color.  I remembered that I had ordered the natural and not the white. 

Apparently I had some cones of white 8/2 nearby, so when I went to wind weft, I wound white, not the natural.  It worked out nicely.  The white squares and lines are nice and clean, but the natural warp probably keeps the white from being blinding white---an effect I had not wanted and why I had ordered the natural.

But, for this last towel, I decided to weave with the natural instead of the white.  And I decided to use the burnt orange I had used for the body of the first towel, for the horizontal stripes on this towel.  The result is a slightly creamier looking towel.  To appreciate the difference, the two towels would need to be seen right next to each other.

I think this last towel may be my favorite.

Related Post:  Towel One Woven

"Final Towel" was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on December 12, 2008. © 2008 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Geodyne said...

I'd call that serendipity, Peg!

Leigh said...

Congratulations on those towels! Just in time for Christmas too. Do you have to get them in the mail? I really like the white with the natural. I wouldn't have thought to do it, but it's something to keep in mind.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Geodyne, serendipity is a good work for it!
No, Leigh, I do not have to get them in the mail. Our daughter will be here for Christmas. But i still do have to zigzzag, cut apart, was, hard press, hem, and press again..........

skiingweaver said...

Love your blog, Peg! Thanks for stopping by mine... (And I see you've been tagged with the photo meme, too, rats, I'm trying to find people that haven't, lol, I'm so behind!)

As for weaving with your grandchild - 18 months is probably pretty small still, though you could put her in your lap and let her throw/catch the shuttle and grab the beater... At 18 months my kids mostly enjoyed stacking cones of yarn and putting empty bobbins on/off my shuttles. And chewing on them (the bobbins, not the shuttles, lol). :) Son really liked (and still does) the little removable beam handle from my Harrisville loom. Keep an eye on things like that, I'm forever having to search under out sofas for it... :)

Dorothy said...

Those towels look so lovely, simple design, nice colours and a useful gift.

Maybe it would help to plan my weaving next year so I have time to weave useful things like towels and scarves for Christmas - all to easy to find it's suddenly December and there's no time to spare!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Hi Dorothy. Having only one loom and tending to weave things that are very time-consuming and so can be on the loom for months, I definitely have to plan!