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
8 harness Honeycomb Weave Structure
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.Many 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?