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Weaver Gail Pilgrim
Source I created my own draft inspired by 18 Towels on Four Warps, One Tie-up by Carol Berry.
Yarn 8/2 mercerized cotton, 22/2 cottolin
EPI 24
Purpose Towels
Guild Associate Member
Collection MAFA 2023 Towel Exchange
# Shafts 8
Weave Name Twill
Weave Category Twill Simple

Weaver Notes

Wind on 500 ends: 496 for the threading and 2 doubled floating selvedges (which I like for strength in a workhorse handwoven) Be sure to keep a record of your color order for symmetry. I found it best to create threading blocks divisible by 4 to accommodate winding on two or four threads at a time. Width on loom was 20 2/3″ and after wet finishing lost about 10%. I hemstitched after wet finishing.

Be sure to put on lots of warp–two block turned twill permits so much experimentation with colors and block heights. My draft includes the threading and tie-up I used, plus my color order, but possible treadlings are so many. I utilized only one color (from the warp) in the weft but you can create variety with Fibonacci orders, plaids, and additional colors. Be sure to keep precise notes!

My 8/2 cotton was from Great Northern and the cottolin is Bockens’ “Nialin”.


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