A Week’s Worth of Handwovens from One Wonderful Warp: 5

IMG_4047Other elements of my life are infringing on my blog life this week. Instead of my usual very deep, incredibly insightful, humility-laden, and overly wordy posts, I am going to show you some glamour shots of the woven result of the long warp I’ve been thinking of as Rapunzel’s braid.

Day Five—Wilder Yet, For Me!

I am not a pink person (or purple—don’t get me started). But I found this deep rose in the big bin and I love the way it looks with the navy!IMG_4050 IMG_4112


The warp threads were 7.5 yards longs (a little less than 7 meters). They were mostly unbleached Cottolin, a mix of cotton and linen, with a few threads of dark blue to make vertical stripes.

The project started as a pattern sampler that creates a grid of four patterns across and thirteen patterns from top to bottom. By a combination of the way the loom is threaded and the ways the treadles are pushed, I could get many different patterns in one piece of fabric. For reasons I can’t explain, that makes me ever so happy.

For anyone REALLY interested, I got the pattern for this Rosepath Sampler from pages 16 and 17 in Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.

Once I was done the sampler portion of the project, I had enough warp left to make six dishtowels. I love dishtowels! I used a different treadling pattern on each one and played around with some different colors.

I’ll show a towel each day this week. On the seventh day, we won’t rest—I’ll show you the sampler, which turned out well enough to make me begin to feel like a real weaver!

I have lots of evidence of how kind and supportive you are, so don’t feel the need to comment every day on every towel!

9 thoughts on “A Week’s Worth of Handwovens from One Wonderful Warp: 5

  1. I’m not a pink or purple person either, I get it. But this shade of pink used as you have works perfectly I think. It’s funny how we all react differently to color. I do love your main colors and your weaving is beautiful.

    • Thanks, Cathe! The rose yarn was in this big box of random yarns we got when we purchased the loom so it was easy to just grab it and use it. And I’m glad I did–it taught me that pink may have its place (not not purple! No purple for me!)

    • Well, then! I’m glad I used it! 😉 My attitude toward pink (and purple) is pretty irrational, I know. But I thought just a touch of it worked, in this case!

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