Weaving Dishtowels

After decades weaving samples and art pieces on my loom, it was time to weave some dishtowels. After all, much of my time is spent at the kitchen sink – a nice fine quality cloth will make the daily dishes more enjoyable.

Using a yarn wrapping pattern that I had discovered when sorting through boxes of sketchbooks, I interpreted the stripe with 5/2 cotton.



My favorite structure is Honeycomb and it can be drafted on 4 or 8 harnesses.


4 harness Honeycomb Weave Structure

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8 harness Honeycomb Weave StructureScreen Shot 2018-02-13 at 10.45.32 AM


When weaving them, it is a good idea to use a guide if you want them to be sized the same.  It can be as simple as a strip of brown paper bag that keeps uniformity in your towel size.  You can see, I did not use a consistent guide and the true plaid (second from left) is much larger than the rest of the dish towels.DSCN3665Many of these were gifts, but I still have one for myself.  There are more dishtowels in the making.  I recently started winding an ivory and blue warp that will have a houndstooth type border.  It’s still on the warping reel, but when I get more pictures, I’ll update the post here.

What are your experiences with hand weaving dishtowels?

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