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Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather

Summer and Winter Tea Towels 

Weave a set of timeless linen tea towels designed by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather. These towels are woven with our favorite Linen Weaving Yarn and Japanese Sparkly Weaving Yarn for an unexpected hint of shimmer. Whitney has provided us with her variation of a classic Summer and Winter weaving draft, so don't let the name of these towels fool you - they are perfect for all seasons and occasions! 

Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     
Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     

Materials

Warp Yarn: 1 cone Linen Weaving Yarn in Silver, 1 cone Linen Weaving Yarn in Cream

Weft Yarn: Remaining warp yarn & 1 cone of Japanese Sparkly Weaving Yarn in Silver

Kits: Each kit includes enough yarn to weave a set of 4 tea towels that measure approximately 16" W x 28" L

Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     
Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 4-shaft table or floor loom, shuttles & bobbins 
  • EPI: 20
  • Width at Reed: 19"
  • Warp Ends: 382 (selvedge yarns doubled)
  • Warp Length: 6 yards 
  • Draft: Summer Winter Pairs from The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, pg. 144 (updated and adapted by Whitney)
  • Finished Dimensions: A set of 4 towels that measure approximately 16" W x 28" L each
  • Finishing Details: Rolled hem on both ends of 1/2" initial fold followed by 3/4" second fold
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash, lay flat to dry 
Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     
Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
                     

Warp Color Order

Color A = Silver Linen Weaving Yarn

Color B = Cream Linen Weaving Yarn

Color C = Silver Sparkly Weaving Yarn 

Warp Color Order: 

  • 20 ends (+1 for doubled selvedge) of Color A 
  • 20 ends of Color B
  • 20 ends of Color A 
  • 20 ends of Color B 
  • Continue this pattern for a total of 382 warp ends, finishing with 20 ends (+1 for doubled selvedge) of Color A 

Weaving & Finishing

Start and end with a plain weave hem (about 2")

  • 16 picks Color A
  • 3 picks Color C 
  • 20 picks Color A 

Next you will begin to weave alternating blocks of Summer and Winter. (See draft below). Note that this draft only shows pattern picks. For each pattern pick woven you should alternate with a tabby pick of the opposite color. For more information on Summer and Winter, check out this post by Melissa Ludden Hankens on the Schacht Spindle Company website. Each color block should measure about 1". 

Once you have woven about 28", finish with another 2" of plain weave hem following the sequence above. Repeat the process for your next towel(s). 

Cut your towels off the loom. To best preserve the fabric, hand wash in cold water with a mild soap and air dry. Press (be careful that the iron isn't too hot for the sections with the sparkly yarn) and cut apart the towels and finish each plain weave edge with a hand sewn rolled hem. 

Whitney writes, "I really loved working with this linen yarn. I tend to lean toward fibers with a slightly drier, crisper hand anyway, and this was right in my wheelhouse. Using it as warp was virtually problem-free; the tension was even, the shed was clear. I loved it. And the drape on these is pretty great. I can only imagine that they will become even more sumptuous as they're used and washed." 

Writing it twice so you don't miss it!  Note that this draft only shows pattern picks. For each pattern pick woven you should alternate with a tabby pick of the opposite color.

About the Artist

Whitney Crutchfield is the founder and textile artist behind WE GATHER, a Brooklyn-based brand of hand-dyed handwoven textiles and educational textile studio. She has been weaving and dyeing her own textiles for over 10 years, creating custom projects for residential interiors and installations for public spaces. Whitney works to create beautiful textiles that last, and she teaches others about the sheer delight of fabric at FIT and through workshop programming in the WE GATHER studio and in corporate and private venues around the country. 

Follow @wegather on Instagram to learn more! 

Free Pattern to Weave a Set of Linen Tea Towels by Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather
December 05, 2018 — Emma Rhodes

Comments

Karen Yassky Clemons

Karen Yassky Clemons said:

What size Reed do you suggest?
Thank you-

Karen Yassky Clemons

Karen Yassky Clemons said:

What size Reed do you suggest?
Thank you-

Emma

Emma said:

That is correct, Whitney only used a small accent of the sparkly yarn in the hem. Feel free to use more of it throughout the pattern if you would like to! :)

Vanessa

Vanessa said:

Where does the sparkly yarn get used? I only see it mentioned as a stripe in the hem?

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