Overshot Rigid Heddle Towels
A set of cotton and linen towels woven using a pick-up stick and a supplementary weft to create weft floats. Order a kit.
This pattern looks far more complex than it really is! This was my first attempt at using a pick-up stick, and the pattern repeat is so simple that it became second nature. I got 4 full-sized towels and one smaller one from the recommended warp. I'm saving the 4 bigger ones for gifts, but have been using the small one. It is very absorbent and super good looking! I made some mistakes, mostly in how I handled color changes. If that had been included in the video weave-along that accompanies this pattern, it would have helped me. I was afraid the using the normal strategy of weaving in while weaving would compromise the pattern, so not sure on that. I'll do it different on my next batch. I do wish the new web site showed additional recommended color choices, as I'm terrible with selecting good color combos.
Great products and great service. Excited to get started on the overshot towels.
I’ve been wanting to try pickup sticks, and the reviews here made it clear this was a good place to start. I am using up stash yarn, not anywhere near as nice as what GIST sells, but it worked out great. I used a 10 epi heddle, and made a bit wider, warped enough for two. Turned out great (still on loom). For the second one, I’m going to do a sampler of other pickup stick and finger-controlled weaves, now that you’ve given me the confidence!
I just cut my towels off my loom yesterday and I can not stop looking at them . Prior to these towels I had only done tabby weaving. The instructions with the added weave along were clear and perfect for a beginner weaver . Thank you .
Love having the patterns and the yarn to go with then, it takes the guesswork out when I just need to start the next project.