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Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     
Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     

Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels

This week we are sharing a classic beginner towel project by Sarah Resnick. Using our 8/4 Cotton Weaving Yarn, Sarah designed this set of tea towels that can be woven on a rigid heddle loom, or loom of your choice. This project is ideal for beginners and can be woven with 10 or 12 ends per inch, making it easily adaptable to the type of loom and reed in your studio. Try experimenting with different combinations of colors and stripes to make each towel in the set one-of-a-kind.

Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     
Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     

Materials 

Warp & Weft: 4 tubes of 8/4 Cotton Weaving Yarn in a variety of colors 

Kits: Each kit includes enough yarn to weave a set of 5 towels that measure approximately 14.5" W x 22" L 

Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     
Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: Rigid heddle loom or 2-4 shaft table or floor loom, 10 or 12 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins
  • EPI: 10 or 12 
  • Width at Reed: 18"
  • Warp Ends: 180 at 10 epi, 216 at 12 epi
  • Warp Length: 5 yards 
  • Draft: Tabby 
  • Finished Dimensions: Set of 5 towels that measure approximately 14.5" W x 22" L 
  • Finishing Details: 1/2" double fold hem, hand stitched
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash & tumble dry
Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     
Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern
                     

Weaving & Finishing 

Color A = Natural, Color B = Periwinkle, Color C = Sage, Color D = Light Gray

Warp Color Order: For light and airy towels we recommend 10 ends per inch (as shown in photos). For slightly thicker towels try 12 ends per inch. 

For 10 epi warp the following sequence for a total of 180 warp ends:

  • 20 ends Color A 
  • 6 ends Color B
  • 4 ends Color C
  • 2 ends Color D
  • 8 ends Color B
  • 100 ends Color A
  • 8 ends Color B
  • 2 ends Color D
  • 4 ends Color C
  • 6 ends Color B
  • 20 ends Color A 

For 12 epi warp the following sequence for a total of 216 warp ends:

  • 24 ends Color A
  • 8 ends Color B
  • 4 ends Color C
  • 2 ends Color D
  • 10 ends Color B
  • 120 ends Color A
  • 10 ends Color B
  • 2 ends Color D
  • 4 ends Color C
  • 8 ends Color B
  • 24 ends Color A 

Weft Color Order: For a solid color weft weave 29" of color for each towel. (For example, 29" of Color A for Towel #1, 29" of Color B for Towel #2, 29" of Color C for Towel #3, etc). 

For a variegated/striped weft wind your bobbins with different colors and different amounts of the 8/4 Cotton Weaving Yarn. Start with your first bobbin and weave until you run out of weft yarn. When it comes time to switch colors/bobbins, overlap the end of one weft and the beginning of the next by two inches. Trim the tails once you have washed and dried your fabric. 

Weaving & Finishing: Weave until your fabric in loom measures ~11ft. After machine washing and drying the fabric should measure ~10ft. Trim any loose ends and cut apart the yardage into 5 towels that measure ~23.5". Finish with a hand stitched 1/2" double fold hem. 

Beginner Rigid Heddle Cotton Tea Towels Free Weaving Pattern

About

Sarah Resnick is the founder of GIST: Yarn & Fiber, and the host of the Weave podcast. She learned how to weave in Toronto in 2009, and was hauling a Craigslist loom up to her apartment two months later...she's never looked back since! Other parts of her fiber journey included selling handwoven baby wraps, helping to launch a sewing factory in Fall River, Massachusetts, and creating Jewish ritual textiles for people selling life cycle events. The thread that winds through everything she does is a passion for building systems that directly support farmers, manufacturers, and artists to bring value and beauty into the world. 

March 14, 2019 — Emma Rhodes

Comments

Emma

Emma said:

Irene — you are correct, there is no difference and the 8/4 cotton weaving yarn is suitable both types of projects. These towels have a lovely drape, especially at 10 ends per inch. 12 ends per inch will make them slightly thicker.

Emma

Emma said:

Nancy — that is just the technique that Sarah chose while weaving these towels. Feel free to weave in your ends however you see fit! :)

Rosemary Copeland

Rosemary Copeland said:

Sorry Irene. I meant that the 8/2 fiber makes the towels more drapey

Rosemary Copeland

Rosemary Copeland said:

Irene, it’s the same thing. I personally like 8/4 rug warp. The towels are pretty substantial. Most of my fellow weavers prefer 8/4 which makes the towels thinner and drapyer.

Nancy Howell

Nancy Howell said:

Your photos show that the weaver changed colors of weft in the middle of a pick. Why would they do that when you can easily and inconspicuously hide the ends in the selvages?

Irene Rush

Irene Rush said:

Is there some difference between 8/4 cotton weaving yarn and 8/4 cotton rug warp? I can’t imagine what it would be.

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