|David G. Anderson
|The pattern is adapted from Norse Kitchen published by Caroline Halvorson in Handbok I Vaevning, 1904. A several-hundred warp thread threading and treadling of Norse Kitchen is described in A Handweaver's Pattern Book, Marguerite Porter Davison’s Green Book. My pattern is adapted from the earlier patterns.
|8/2 unmercerized cotton warp, 6/2 doubled pattern yarn and 16/2 tabby
|Three Rivers Fiber Focus
|MAFA 2023 Towel Exchange
|Twill Compound elements
This towel is woven in the colors of the Norwegian flag to reflect Caroline Halvorson’s 1904 pattern and my Norwegian heritage. The selvedge has a denser sett, as described by Dixon in her book, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. Ends Ends 5-8 and 400-403 have two 8/2 threads through each heddle instead of one, and they are sett at 4 ends per dent. Therefore, 407 ends show in this pattern, yet 815 are warped in order to fill the double-threaded heddles.
Weft: Tabby weft – 16/2 unmercerized cotton, color – natural. Pattern weft – 6/2 unmercerized cotton, doubled in each pick. Colors: Royal blue and Cranberry red from the Woolery. The pattern weft overshot throws are shown, also use 16/2 tabby.
I wove the hanging tab of 16/2 unmercerized cotton in a warp-faced plain weave.