Friday, April 18, 2014

Towels After the Calendar

I found myself wanting to continue to make colorful towels but since I finished the challenge of using a calendar to help select colors for the towels - what next?   

A friend gave me two pages from a "Better Homes & Gardens" magazine in which the magazine had challenged a make-up artist and an interior designer to come up with make-up and paint colors, respectively, to match a theme.  The first page I used for inspiration was the make-up challenge:  use a peacock feather to bring together make-up ideas.   The resulting colors looked nice, so I checked out my 10/2 cotton yarn collection.

I have found during this challenge that I really like playing with the colors.  Structures are interesting but it is the color that both challenges and interests me.  So as I started to design the "structure" part of the towels, I just selected some that I've used before with these towels - M's & W's on 8 shafts. The warp was sett at 24 epi.  The loom was tied up to my {now} standard 3-2-1-1-1 twill tie-up.  

I used each color of the warp as weft twice, except for the light brown (oak) and the medium fuchsia, since I ran out of both of those colors.  I did get a towel using the fuchsia as weft but only one very short "towel" using the light brown. 

I wove one of each colored weft as a straight 8-point twill.  The second towel in each color was woven as some thing different - tromp as writ (M & W treadling), extended point twill (1 ->8, 1-> 8, 7 ->1, 8 -> 1), irregular point twill (using random point sizes), etc.   

As in with past towels, I think they turned out beautifully.  The colors look nice together.  Although again, I don't think I would have ever thought (or would want to) use these colors. 

Details of towels with different colored wefts:

The towels using the second page are almost finished, so more on those soon...