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recreating an old pattern

November 28, 2011

these linen towels were just waiting for me at the secondhand store

handwoven in twill blocks with a smaller pattern in the borders, an embroidered monogram “M” (my first name is Mary) and hanging loops on both ends. They’re small, 16″ X 17″.

I love to recreate old textiles

I’ve changed the pattern on the outside borders – just a little

and they will be much bigger




after I’d woven the end border I found a threading mistake. Very difficult to see with white on white  in the small twill pattern, the winter light and old eyes. Only two threads and not difficult to fix by tieing in string replacement heddles. But I will have to needleweave  in the border pattern after the towel is off the loom.  You can see the threads in the first picture on the far right.





the pattern is easier to see looking across the width. Weaving linen makes me happy!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 10:23 am

    What a score! And very cool that you are recreating the pattern – we spend so much time and energy making things and sending them on their way in the world, with hopes that their worth will be appreciated. Even if the original weaver never knows that her work has found a good home, I’m sure that something positive happens in the karmic realm.


  2. November 29, 2011 1:52 pm

    how could it not? threading mistakes are fine when you don’t have to re-thread the whole shebang, good that you had a minor one!


  3. November 29, 2011 2:51 am

    Perfect find! Hand woven tea towel, how special!


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