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Halvdräll Towels 

Arianna writes, "I wanted to make something that really plays up how beautiful Duet is, and the technique "halvdräll" is perfect: you get large swaths of surface and texture but the floats are tiny and secure. The slight variegated color of the yarn gives these towels extra spark.

I just love this simplified overshot technique and have used it in quite a few patterns. It offers endless experimentation and the effect you can achieve simply by changing colors is exciting. Make one warp in neutral colors and mix it up with your weft colors for each towel. Perfect for holiday gift giving! The name of these towels (Blodstensvägen) has a connection to a dear family member who has both turned 30 and moved into a great new apartment this year, which should be celebrated with handwovens. "Blodsten" is the Swedish word for hematite."

Designed by Arianna Funk for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.

Arianna is a handweaver in Sweden, and the founder of Weave of the Month Club, a weaving pattern subscription in which members receive monthly weaving projects and inspiration. 

To join the Weave of the Month Club and receive monthly curated weaving drafts and inspiration photos (Analog members will also receive a handwoven sample & yarn chart) click here!

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

Materials 

Warp: 2 cones of 8/2 Un-Mercerized Cotton (Arianna used Natural and Navy)

Weft: Tabby Weft: Remaining 8/2 Cotton, Pattern Weft: 2 cones of Duet Cotton/Linen (Arianna used Santorini and Marble)

Kits: Each kit includes enough yarn to weave a set of 3 towels that measure approximately 15.25" W x 21.25" L each after washing and hemming. 

                     
                     

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 4 shaft table or floor loom, 10 or 15 dent reed, 2 shuttles & bobbins
  • EPI: 25 (threaded 2-3 in a 10 dent reed, or 1-2-2 in a 15 dent reed) 
  • PPI: ~18 in tabby, ~15 tabby + 15 pattern in pattern sections
  • Width at Reed: 17.25"
  • Warp Ends: 447
  • Warp Length: 3.3 yards (120") 
  • Technique/Draft: Halvdräll, a simplified overshot
  • Finished Dimensions: Set of 3 towels that measure approximately 15.25" W x 21.25" L each after washing and hemming
  • Finishing Details: Hand-sewn rolled hem
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low, or hang to dry, press as needed

Draft 

This halvdräll draft is written slightly different than American weaving drafts. For this project, we will learn how to read a Swedish weaving draft.

Arianna writes, "Because of the way we dress the loom, Swedish drafts are set up as if one is sitting on one's bench at the loom. The harnesses are numbered 1-4, with 1 being the furthest away from you. If you thread from inside the loom just turn it upside down!

The treadling is also shown as if you are sitting at the loom, the wefts build on each other in the cloth just as they're shown in the draft. Treadle 1 is furthest to the right and treadle 4 is furthest to the left." 

Click on the draft below to see it larger. 

Weaving & Finishing 

Version 1

Version 2

Warping/Threading: Wind the warp in the following sequence for a total of 447 warp ends. Thread heddles according to the draft above. Tips for winding a multicolored warp with an odd number of warp ends. 

  • Yarn A - 49 ends 
  • Yarn B - 51 ends 
  • Yarn A - 98 ends 
  • Yarn B - 51 ends
  • Yarn A - 98 ends
  • Yarn B - 51 ends 
  • Yarn A - 49 ends

Weaving/Treadling: Arianna writes, "This technique is built on the rhythm of every other pick tabby, every other pick pattern. The draft (above) shows the two blocks: Block A is on treadle 3, Block B is on treadle B. I tie up so that my right foot is only tabby and my left is only pattern blocks."

Version 1 Treadling Sequence with Yarn A (tabby weft ) + Yarn C (pattern weft):

  • Tabby Hem- 2"
  • Block A - 11.75"
  • Block B - 11.75"
  • Tabby Hem - 2"

Version 2 Treadling Sequence with Yarn B (tabby weft) and Yarn D (pattern weft):

  • Tabby Hem - 2" 
  • Block A - 2"
  • Block B - 2"
  • Block A - 2"
  • Block B - 2"
  • Block A - 2"
  • Block B - 4"
  • Block A - 2"
  • Block B - 2" 
  • Block A - 2"
  • Block B - 2"
  • Block A - 2" 
  • Tabby Hem - 2"

Finishing: Zigzag stitch the raw edges, machine wash warm and hang to dry (or tumble dry low if preferred), press as needed, finish with a hand-sewn rolled hem. 

                     
                    

About Arianna Funk 

Arianna Funk graduated from Friends of Handicraft School in Stockholm in 2017, became a card-carrying journeyman weaver the same year and was awarded the ‘large medal of honor’ for her journeyman work. She is a founding member of Studio Supersju, a group of forward-thinking weavers. In addition to running Weave of the Month Club, she is a teacher and advisor for students in the foundation year at Friends of Handicraft, writes drafts for Väv Magasinet and Svensk Hemslöjd, and her woven art and craft is sold at Fiberspace Gallery and Gustavsbergs Gallery, among other places. 

Mariah Gaar
November 21, 2019 — Emma Rhodes

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Susan

Susan said:

I would really like to see the towels in the other colorways-thanks

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