Saturday, June 9, 2012

The magic of natural cottons

It's not all about travel. Or gardening. Or working.  Sometimes, though not nearly as often as I'd like, it's about weaving.  I finished weaving off some cotton towels using naturally colored cottons (not all cotton grows white, you know) this week.  The alchemy of natural cottons just makes me giddy.  It's magic, I tell you, magic!

Now, to show the towels in progress (since I've been told "Pictures or it Didn't Happen"), here's a few in-progress photos:

A transition from one towel to the next - I used the same pattern for the set of 3, but with a different weft color for each. Makes for a nice set, I think.

That's all well and good, and there is certainly a kind of magic in seeing the towels take form on the loom, but let's get serious here.  Let's see the change!

The top cloth was woven with EXACTLY the same warp and weft as the bottom cloth.  But the bottom one has been through the washer and dryer, and the top hasn't yet.  Is that not super cool or what?  I do love me some natural cottons, lemme tell ya.

Next up, a clasped weft scarf in Zephyr, and a plain-weave scarf with Zephyr for the warp and handspun singles for the weft.  Just finished measuring the warp, in fact...


Kayleigh said...

That's amazing! I wish I could weave that well.

Margaret said...

Lovely! I like your warp stripes with lace. A group of us just split an order of a dozen colors, so I see lots of stripey towels in our future.