Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Last of the Calendar Towels

After only 2+ years, I have worked through all of the pictures from the 2010 Calendar that caught my attention as a color inspiration.  I honestly didn't think it would take so long, but life and other weaving projects intervened.  I figured that I have woven around 140 of these towels.  Ten towels were woven for each month (except August's) and several were woven a second time.

The last month was May.  This posed a bit of a challenge, mainly because of all of the bright green and yellow color in the picture.  Lots of primary brightness. 

I was able to find colors in the flowers that weren't as bright - browns, melon and red colors.  In addition to the bright Kelly green there were darker greens in the background. 

These towels, like the others were woven with 10/2 perle cotton sett at 24 epi.  The threading was an 8 point twill and woven with a 2-2-1-1-1 8-shaft pattern.  One towel in each weft color was treadled as threaded, i.e., treadled as an 8-point twill, resulting in regular diamonds.  The second towel in each color was treadled as something else, e.g., irregular point twill, M's & W's, extended point twill, etc.

It has been a great experience and I've learned a lot about how to use color effectively.  I'm sure there will be more colorful towels in the future.

green weft
brown weft

red weft
melon weft
yellow weft