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designing handwovens

March 10, 2016

the tea towels are finished

P1080401and – that’s it for tea towels for a while

P1080402finished in the washer and dryer

there are six weft colours and a small hand towel for me at the end of the warp

what’s next?

it is important to spend some time designing each new project

once the warp is wound and on the loom

there is not much you can do to make changes if you don’t like what you see

 if you put on ten yards (yes I still measure my warp in yards)

at 32 ends per inch, 20 inches wide that is 640 threads

or 6,400 yards of fine Irish linen

P1080404my best ideas come when in the shower

you have to write them down quickly so they don’t slip away

I’m not a Saori weaver – but

years ago a friend gave me these books

and a group of Saori weavers visited the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

(that’s some pictures in the lower right corner)

20 years ago I wove a blouse/jacket from a pattern in the book

kasuri dyed cotton warp and handspun silk weft

it is comfortable and easy to wear

time for a new one

P1080407samples and projects from the summer of 2013

and a pattern from hand weaving patterns from Finland

will start the designing process

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2016 11:57 am

    Handweaving Patterns from Finland – one of my favorite books – your copy looks as battered as mine.


    • March 11, 2016 12:01 pm

      Alice – I don’t know how many hands it passed through before it reached me but I’ve read it and loved it for many years.


  2. March 11, 2016 2:54 am

    I need to start making some towels that are more colorful. Mine have mostly had a neutral warp and then stripes of color but I’m boring myself a little! I like your brighter ones!


    • March 11, 2016 7:43 am

      Kerry – for years I wove tea towels as sample warps – a time to experiment with colour and patterns – after all they are just tea towels, right? People like the bright ones, they sell much more quickly


  3. March 10, 2016 7:34 pm

    It’s kind of hard to work in metric when the warping board and reed are not! Your tea towels are delightful and very colourful. Love!


    • March 10, 2016 8:55 pm

      Louisa – when I wove in Japan it was all metric, now I use a warping reel so I go back and forth and can get myself very confused which, of course, can lead to some nasty surprises.


  4. March 10, 2016 5:59 pm

    Some beautiful Finnish designs. Love the tea towels


    • March 10, 2016 8:57 pm

      Myra – many of the Finnish weave structures are actually quite simple and beautiful. Tea towels are good to use lots of wild colours.


  5. March 10, 2016 5:01 pm

    Spectacular tea towels. Seriously. You should be declared a Living National Treasure.


  6. emilysuzanna permalink
    March 10, 2016 2:28 pm

    The tea towels are beautiful, Jean. I’d definitely like to order two. One for me and one for son’s new kitchen. It’s amazing how many variations appear on one warp.


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