Dish Towels

As crazy as it will sound, the main reason I wanted to learn to weave was to make dish towels.  Tuesday afternoon I loaded the warp threads to make three dish towels. My niece and her family are big LSU fans so these towels will be for her.  By making the warp threads long enough, I was able to plan how I could get three towels without having to reload the warp threads.  The yarn is bamboo. The three towels are separated by waste yarn.  Once the towels are washed and dried, I’ll doe some type stay stitch on the machine or maybe serge the edges, remove the waste yarn and hem the towels by hand.

Tuesday afternoon I made the first towel before dinner.  Tuesday night I went to bed and kept thinking about weaving so I got up and finished the second towel.  Yesterday morning I got the third towel done.

All three towels have the same warp design but they each have different weft (horizontal) yarn sequence so they’re kinda all the same but kinda different.

Here’s the first one up close:

And the middle one:

And the last one.

I can hardly wait to see what these look like finished.  I sure hope I like them because I bought large cones of thread and have enough thread to make dozens more!




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    Helen says

    Super cool. I would never have thought of tea towels.

    I have been fascinated by weaving since I was little and my mother took me to a village near where we lived in Bahrain, I have the black/white/red fabric that she bought that day.

    It’s always fun to see what other people are doing. Your blog keeps me guessing what you will be up to next.

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    Judy, you have to stop. I want to teach myself to weave instead of working on the quilt that I need to finish. lol The towels are great.

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    You are amazing……… That looks like fun skill to add to your resume…

    Glad you are having so much fun.

    I will be packing and moving for the next month……

    Finally sold the house and we are moving April 8th.

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    myrna sossner says

    NO! Not another activity to add to all your others. I cannot stand it!!! Were you always an over-achiever?

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    Diane says

    Cool towels! Weaving has always interested me. I always want to go to those living museum places where they live like in the past and just stay in the pottery barn or the weaving area. My husband said I would be happy to never leave home and just stay here and work on some sort of craft. It’s fun to learn new skills. If I had a loom I would make me a shawl first thing!

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    Mel Meister says

    I would never have thought you could make three towels in a row like that, but then again, I know nothing about weaving!

    I love dish towels and have some cute ones.

    But I find they are like socks, I wash them and they disappear! LOL!

    You really have picked up on weaving fast. The towels look terrific.

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    I totally understand the compulsion even the “can’t sleep” aspect of a new hobby/passion. I’ll bet most of your blog readers can! You Go Judy!!!

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    Kitchen towels are my Zen. I’ve been a weaver since i was a kid and towels are still my first love. Thou i haven’t gotten out of bed to finish a warp.
    happy weaving/

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    Denise says

    I have a friend who used to weave towels. She would serge the edge and then machine stitch on a coordinating fabric binding. Very cute.

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    Norma says

    Judy, love the LSU colors! Of course living in Baton Rouge, you have to love everything LSU. You simply amaze me with your quest for living, you’re such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your everydays with us.

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    Oh my gosh those are great! I can’t believe how fast you caught on. I need to warp my Cricket loom again and start another project. I’m very slow at this and not a seamstress. Eeeks.