One of my sons-in-law made me laugh recently. Here’s the story.
Many years ago, more years than I’d like to admit, I decided to make Roman shades for my daughters’ room. I had some commercial fabric with red and blue flowers on a pale pink background. That was my starting point. I chose yarn to match those colors and chose lace as the weave structure. I wound the warp and started weaving, but the colors just didn’t “sing” the way I had envisioned them. Being a new weaver, I thought they would grow on me. Not so. After 11 yards, the cloth came off the loom and still, no “song.” I was so disenchanted that I folded the fabric and stowed it away. The curtains never came to be.
Fast forward to this past winter when I decided to clear some of my stash. At the time, I was thinking about using yarn that had been on the shelf too long, but my curtain fabric still haunted my linen closet.
Because I had used cotton in a lace weave, this fabric was actually a good candidate for towels. So I put scissors to fabric, cut the yardage into several towels and gave them out to my family. They aren’t pretty–the colors still don’t sing after all these years–but they work as towels.
And this is how my son-in-law made me laugh–my daughter has been using her towel and on laundry day, put it in the wash. Her husband happened to be washing up in the kitchen and looking for something to dry his hands, asked her, “Where’s the good one?”
One weaver’s failed project is another family’s “good one!”
Now I am working on towels in the same weave structure, but with colors that work much better than my original ones. Can you hear the song?
Please share the details of ends per inch etc when you do your towels. I haven’t woven towels yet but it’s on my list and it would be great to benefit from your experience. Thanks.
The towel pictured here has a warp of mostly 8/2 cotton with some 6/2 cotton as accents (that’s the variegated and adobe colored yarn). A common sett for 8/2 cotton is 16 ends per inch for lace, 20 epi for plain weave, and 24 epi for twills. So because this is a lace, it’s sett at 16 ends per inch. The wider sett gives the yarn more room to move into the lace. Mixing different yarns in the warp can introduce some uncertainty. In those cases, sampling can tell you which sett you like better and how the yarns will react to each other. Hope that helps! Towels are great projects to experiment on–you don’t have to match anything and every one in a warp can be different!
Thank you so much. That’s super helpful.
Barb-E Designs said:
The lace gives you. Pretty structure for these towels. Colors don’t always look the way we in vision. At least you were able to find an end use for your yardage.
Yes, there’s always hope — and new ideas in time!