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when in doubt

June 13, 2011

—I always return to old favorite weave structures and what could be more satisfying than white linen and huck lace. Not sure there is anyone left on the planet that wants white linen towels but I will enjoy weaving them.

weaving in Japan taught me two very useful habits – always using a stretcher/temple and weaving with a linen counter bouncing up and down on the woven fabric, checking for mistakes on extremely fine silk and checking on your beat.

sett at 36 epi and threaded 3 to a dent in the reed the lace pattern will change dramatically when washed. I’ve started with a simple over-all huck and will weave each towel in a different pattern, it eliminates boredom. There is a plain weave border.

four stretchers accommodate most weaving widths, the 2 at the top, were made in oak by the husband of a wonderful linen weaver. He has passed away and I treasure them. The little, homemade one is similar to the flattened bamboo ones used in Japan and works well for narrow widths.

I have a passion for tools, especially wooden ones.   


4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 4:09 pm

    i don’t know which one of us is the lustiest (as far as tools goes!!!)


  2. Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
    June 14, 2011 7:23 am

    I love white linen towels and I just found a beauty in a free box at a garage sale.


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