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Citrus Towels

Free Rigid Heddle Weaving Pattern Cotton and Linen Citrus Towels

Citrus Towels

A pair of striped towels woven with Duet Cotton/Linen. The colorful stripes in the warp are contrasted by a bright white weft, giving the towels a sun-washed appearance. 

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Pattern by Emma Rhodes, woven by Elizabeth Springett for GIST: Yarn & Fiber

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Free Rigid Heddle Weaving Pattern Cotton and Linen Citrus Towels


Warp & Weft:3 cones of Duet Cotton/Linen (1/4 lb cones, 2,400 yd/lb)

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: Rigid heddle loom at least 15" wide, or 2-4 shaft table or floor loom, 12 or 12.5 dent reed, boat shuttle & bobbin or stick shuttle
  • EPI: 12 
  • PPI: ~12
  • Width at Reed: 14" 
  • Warp Ends: 168
  • Warp Length: 2.5 yards (90"), includes 24" of loom waste and about 15-20% for take-up and shrinkage
  • Draft: Tabby (plain weave)               
  •  Total warp yarn used: ~420 yards
  •  Total weft yarn used: ~262 yards
  •  Woven Length: (measured under tension on the loom) ~51" 
  • Finished Dimensions: 2 towels that measure ~12" W x 21" L each after washing and hemming
  • Finishing Details: Hand sewn rolled hem         
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, air dry or tumble dry low, press as needed


1. Warp the loom using your preferred method(direct or indirect) with a total of 168 warp ends, 2.5 yards long, following the warp color order below. Center for a weaving width of 14" and sley 1 end per hole and slot in a 12 dent heddle on a rigid heddle loom. If you are using a multi-shaft loom, thread for plain weave and sley 1 end per dent in a 12 dent reed. 

2. Weave with Color A for the entirety of your warp. Each towel should measure approximately 25.5” long in loom. Weave with scrap yarn for a few picks in between each towel. 

3. Cut the fabric off the loom and zig zag the raw edges. Machine wash cold and air dry (or tumble dry low if preferred). Cut the towels apart at scrap yarn maker. Press and finish with a hand sewn rolled hem. 

Free Rigid Heddle Weaving Pattern Cotton and Linen Citrus Towels