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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

A classic set of striped cotton tea towels woven with 4 colors of 8/4 Un-mercerized Cotton Weaving YarnThis is an ideal project for beginners, whether you are learning on a rigid heddle loom or a multi-shaft loom.

Designed by Sarah Resnick for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.

Need some help getting started? Check out Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Weavers

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 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins
  • EPI: 10 
  • Width at Reed: 18"
  • Warp Ends: 180 
  • 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: Warp the loom using your preferred method (direct or indirect warping) following the sequence below for a total of 180 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 

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 celebrating 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