Weaving Project – Twill Tabby Towels

Twill Tabby

These colourful 8 shaft tea towels make a nice spring combo for your kitchen. The towels are woven with 6/3 white cotton and bordered with a 1/2″ edge of natural unbleached cotton.

The weft uses a single ply dyed hemp yarn. You may substitute with a No. 10 or No. 12 single ply linen.
The towels are woven to a length of 26″ each. Weave the background twill for 16 picks, then weave the pattern tabby blocks for 12 picks. Add some variety to the towels by using different coloured weft yarns, in solids or stripes.
Finishing:
Remove the finished warp from the loom. Machine wash, dry and iron. Cut the towels to length. Using Twill tape, fold and sew a loop for hanging at the end of the towel and machine stitch the hems.

Twill Tabby Towels

Closeup of woven towels

Twill Tabby Towels

Weaving Draft

Twill Tabby Draft

No. Ends: 324 6/3 cotton yarn
Border: 16 ends Natural cotton
Centre: 308 ends White cotton

Sett: 16 epi
Width in Reed: 20 inches
Finished Width: 18 inches
Warp Length: 6 yards

Weft: Hemp Yarn – Single Ply
Substitute: No. 10 Linen Singles
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Last Updated on April 4, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi