Free Pattern Color-and-Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom – GIST: Yarn & Fiber
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Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Color-and-Weave Tea Towels

October's tea towel feature is a gorgeous color-and-weave design by Jenny Sennott. Color-and-Weave is a great technique for rigid heddle weavers to explore more complex designs by using color order in the warp and weft to create intricate patterns. Using 2 giant skeins of our Italian Cotton/Linen yarn, a rigid heddle loom and plain weave you can create a set of these beautiful towels for your kitchen. 

Jenny writes, "I used this yarn doubled in both warp and weft to create four thirsty, medium weight towels. The weaving is simple plain weave, but playing with the weft color order creates a variety of towels on a single warp. Wind a longer warp and try other weft color orders. You will probably run out of warp before you run out of ideas."

Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
                
Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
                 

Materials 

Warp & Weft: 2 skeins of Italian Cotton/Linen Yarn in contrasting colors 

Kits: Each kit contains enough yarn to make 4 large tea towels that measure approximately 18" W x 25.75" L 

Polar

Mediterranean

Tundra

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Project Notes 

  • Tools Required: 2-4 shaft floor loom or rigid heddle loom with a 20" width, 12 dent reed, two shuttles
  • EPI: 12 with yarn strands doubled
  • Width at Reed: 19.8"
  • Warp Ends: 238 working ends (counting each doubled strand as one)
  • Warp Length: 5 yards
  • Draft: Plain Weave
  • Length of One Towel Under Tension: 34" 
  • Finished Dimensions: 4 towels that each measure approximately 18" wide by 25.75" long 
  • Finishing Details: Rolled hem stitched by hand or machine 
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, or air dry if preferred
Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
         
Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
         

Pattern

Warp Color Order:   

  • D = a Dark yarn, L = a Light yarn 
  • (D D D L D D D L L L L) Repeat this sequence 21 times
  • End with (D D D L D D D) for a total of 238  working ends

Weft Color Order: 

  • Option 1 (Darker): D D D L D L D L 
  • Option 2 (Lighter): L L L D L D L D
  • See draft for a mock-up of these options

Weave 2” hems using a single strand as weft. Then, weave 30” of color work using yarns doubled on shuttles and following the weft color order.  

Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Finishing:  Jenny writes, " Zigzag ends of both towels.  Cut apart and machine wash in cool water, normal cycle. Tumble dry on low. Turn hem edges twice for rolled hems, and press. Stitch hems by hand or by machine."  If you do not have a sewing machine you can easily complete the rolled hem by hand and wash the towels once you are finished sewing. 

For more information on Color-and-Weave, check out this page on the Interweave website or this blog post by Eva Stossel.

Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Comments

RoJene

RoJene said:

I can’t get past the credit card info, it wants the info and it says I won’t have to give it

Vicki

Vicki said:

same thing happened to me

Sarah Resnick

Sarah Resnick said:

RoJene and Vicki, It’s working for lots of people! You click on Payment, but it’s not going to ask you for your credit card info. If it does, it’s because you have something that isn’t free in your cart. Feel free to email me at sarah@gistyarn.com if you are still having trouble!

Dorrie Coleman

Dorrie Coleman said:

Maybe I’m not reading the weft picks correctly, or I’m just to new of an RH Weaver, but if I throw 3 picks D that puts my shuttle on my left. Then I throw 1 pick from the L shuttle, it ends up on the right. How do I get the D shuttle on the right again to throw the next pick?

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